Unlocked iPhones pulled off Singapore shelves after Apple legal threat

According to Singapore retailers, Apple theatened to take leagl action against them for selling illegally “unlocked” iPhones,” Leung Wai-Leng reports for The Straits Times. “The phones are unlocked by hacking into their software so that local SIM cards can be used.”

“Sim Lim Square retailers and even some online local sellers have stopped selling the gadget,” Wai-Leng reports.

“A retailer in Sim Lim Square said shops there, including his, received a warning e-mail from Apple about a month ago,” Wai-Leng reports. “It threatened legal action should they continue to sell ‘hacked’ iPhones, which could make them liable for $1,000 per iPhone sold.”

“A Straits Times check with 12 electronics shops and cellphone sellers in Sim Lim Square found none openly selling the gadget,” Wai-Leng reports. “But one retailer on the fourth floor said the sought-after phone could be ‘brought in’ for interested buyers.”

Full article here.

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


  1. Apple today announced a partnership with rival Microsoft to allow all Windows-based software to run natively on OSX by incorporating Win32 code. Dubbed the “Cupertino-Redmond Application Programming Interface”, or “CRAPI”, it is being hailed as the universal answer to everything. “This is the biggest Apple partnership since the ROKR,” proclaimed CEO Steve Jobs. “I’m really looking forward to working with Microsoft’s CRAPI programmers.”
    Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, was similarly optimistic. “The four most important things right now are CRAPI, CRAPI, CRAPI, CRAPI. We’ve already got tons of CRAPI developers lined up.” There was no word yet on how much CRAPI code had already been written, but it is rumored that Microsoft has been selling CRAPI products for some time.
    Industry analyst Robert X Cringely took credit for correctly predicting this inevitable union in his blog. “It’s exactly what I thought it would be, ” he wrote, adding, “in a few years everything will be CRAPI, now that OSX is both a floor wax and a dessert topping.”

  2. It is shortsighted by Apple to try to make a few bucks from the providers, instead of selling millions of iPhones worldwide and making it the same as the iPod phenomena.

    Would the iPods have sold like this, if you could only play music from iTunes on it?

    No! Steve, wake up and smell the roses.

  3. @ Leveldown

    Apple didn’t “autorised” such things as modifing software or else. But where is the singaporian LAW that give this 1000$ to Apple if not applied?

    “Illegal” and “not autorised” are two different notions in Law philosophy. The first is public and the last is private.

    Remember that : in U.S., (Digital Millenium Law’s exceptions) Canada, Europe, it’s absolutly legal to unlock your iPhone, Nokia, etc. You lost your garantee indeed, but it’s legal…

    What is the fuzz to replace “not autorised” by “illegal”? Did fud or chilling tactics are the new marketing culture of Apple?

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