iPhone to be sold in Finland without carrier lock

“People eager to buy Apple’s latest iPhone in Finland can now do so without committing to a separate phone plan,” YLE reports.

“Teleoperator Elisa is to start selling the popular phones without a tie-in sale,” YLE reports. “To date, consumers have had to purchase a fixed airtime contract together with the handset from telecommunications operator TeliaSonera.”

YLE reports, “Elisa will launch its sale of iPhones on Thursday [iPhone 4 16GB, 589 euros; 32GB, 689 euros].”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Petteri V.” for the heads up.]

30 Comments

  1. I bought a used out-of-contract iPhone. There are plenty of well-cared-for iPhones being sold because people upgrade to the latest and greatest. Now that I’ve done it, it’s fairly easy to unlock the “baseband” so that any sim card can be used. This is separate from “jail-breaking,” so everything still works as it should.

    The iPhone I have now is the original “2G” model. I use it with pre-paid GoPhone service from ATT to get voice calling (I don’t use it with data service). So it is used like an iPod touch (over WiFi), except that it can make phone calls and happens to have a camera. Minimally, it costs me $25 every 90 days for the voice service; it is “pre-paid,” so it would cost more if I run out of time before the 90 days (leftover time rolls over to next 90 days). Currently, I don’t make too many mobile phone calls.

    The reason I did not get an iPhone earlier is because I could not justify paying $60 or more a month for the service (and be obligated to do so for two years). And I did not get an iPod touch because I did not want to carry it AND a separate mobile phone. I already used ATT’s GoPhone service with their “cheap” phone, so putting that phone’s SIM card into an iPhone was the perfect compromise.

    Plus, that original iPhone is cool looking, and I wanted to have one. No, it can’t run iOS 4, but it runs most apps with 3.1.3 (and multi-tasking on a hand-held device is a bit “over-rated”). It is impressively speedy for a design that is now more than THREE years old.

    And this time next year, I’ll go find a nice iPhone 3GS for $120 or so. One year after that, iPhone 4 will be two years old and off-contract…

  2. I bought a used out-of-contract iPhone. There are plenty of well-cared-for iPhones being sold because people upgrade to the latest and greatest. Now that I’ve done it, it’s fairly easy to unlock the “baseband” so that any sim card can be used. This is separate from “jail-breaking,” so everything still works as it should.

    The iPhone I have now is the original “2G” model. I use it with pre-paid GoPhone service from ATT to get voice calling (I don’t use it with data service). So it is used like an iPod touch (over WiFi), except that it can make phone calls and happens to have a camera. Minimally, it costs me $25 every 90 days for the voice service; it is “pre-paid,” so it would cost more if I run out of time before the 90 days (leftover time rolls over to next 90 days). Currently, I don’t make too many mobile phone calls.

    The reason I did not get an iPhone earlier is because I could not justify paying $60 or more a month for the service (and be obligated to do so for two years). And I did not get an iPod touch because I did not want to carry it AND a separate mobile phone. I already used ATT’s GoPhone service with their “cheap” phone, so putting that phone’s SIM card into an iPhone was the perfect compromise.

    Plus, that original iPhone is cool looking, and I wanted to have one. No, it can’t run iOS 4, but it runs most apps with 3.1.3 (and multi-tasking on a hand-held device is a bit “over-rated”). It is impressively speedy for a design that is now more than THREE years old.

    And this time next year, I’ll go find a nice iPhone 3GS for $120 or so. One year after that, iPhone 4 will be two years old and off-contract…

  3. @ken1w

    if that works for you, great. i had a first gen iPhone for a few years and honestly, the way it runs iOS 3.1.3 makes me want to throw it. i wouldn’t pay for a device that works that horribly.

    honestly, if i were you i’d get a cheap Go Phone and just buy the current generation iPod Touch. you’d get a WAY better iOS device experience for not that much more money (and it wouldn’t run like crap) and still pay the same amount for voice service.

  4. @ken1w

    if that works for you, great. i had a first gen iPhone for a few years and honestly, the way it runs iOS 3.1.3 makes me want to throw it. i wouldn’t pay for a device that works that horribly.

    honestly, if i were you i’d get a cheap Go Phone and just buy the current generation iPod Touch. you’d get a WAY better iOS device experience for not that much more money (and it wouldn’t run like crap) and still pay the same amount for voice service.

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