Despite Vodafone’s sour grapes injunction, T-Mobile continues selling iPhone Germany

“A German court has granted telecoms group Vodafone a preliminary injunction against Deutsche Telekom’s mobile unit T-Mobile over its sales terms for Apple’ iPhone,” Nicola Leske reports for Reuters.

“According to the injunction, filed at a regional court in Hamburg, the goal is to stop the sale of the iPhone if it is sold only in connection with a 24 month T-Mobile contract and/or is blocked in such a way that it can only be used in a T-Mobile network,” Leske reports.

“A T-Mobile spokesman said on Tuesday the company had received the injunction but would continue to sell the music-playing and Web-browsing device, which went on sale Nov 9 in Germany,” Leske reports.

“The head of Vodafone Germany told German daily Frankfurter Rundschau the goal was not to keep T-Mobile from selling the popular iPhone,” Leske reports. “Instead the company wanted the court to examine whether the terms T-Mobile had set were acceptable. Customers can buy the handset for 399 euros (286 pounds) but are obliged to agree to a 24-month contract with T-Mobile.”

Leske reports, “Vodafone lost out to T-Mobile and Telefonica’s O2 and France Telecom to sell the iPhone in Europe but has begun selling a similar multimedia handset from Samsung Electronics.”

MacDailyNews Take: These also-rans with their “similar” iPhones; “similar” only insofar as they make phone calls and purport to play music. “Similar” as a wagon is to a race car.

Full article here.

Hilde Arends reports for Dow Jones Newswires, “T-Mobile… said Tuesday that its marketing model for the iPhone is correct.”

“Vodafone objects to the fact that the iPhone can be used only on Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile networks,” Arends reports. “T-Mobile Deutschland said in its statement Tuesday that sales of the iPhone are continuing and that it reserves the right to claim damages from Vodafone.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike in Helsinki” for the heads up.]


  1. All the fuzz in Germany about the T Mobile injonction is about the statut of the SIM locked iPhone. I know it’s illegal in France, Belgium, Finland, etc, In Germany it could be the same. It’s seem that outside the Anglosphere (U.S., Canada, U.K.), Apple must offers to consumers the option for an unlocked SIM iPhone.

    I think that the Apple lawyers division is already studying carefully their international consumers law codes…

    I never tougnt that iTunes was a real target for the EU courts as a “non-competitive legal scam”. But excluse contracts like those in Europe with Orange or T Mobile could much more be contested against by consumer’s associations there or by local competition.

  2. The real reason for the restraining order is that Vodafone and T-Mobile used to date and things got ugly. T-Mobile tried to get Vodafone drunk and then lay some heavy cable. T-Mobile thought it could “Get More” and wanted them to “Stay Closer” and “Stick Together” while Vodafone just wanted to “Make the Most of Now”.
    Millions of calls went unreturned. True story.

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