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T-Mobile's iPhone service plans in question

Nik Fletcher

Apple's European iPhone hopes may have suffered a set-back after Vodafone Germany won an injunction "...prohibiting sales of the iPhone in Germany" according to CNN / DowJones. However, the issue doesn't concern the exclusivity of the deal between Apple and T-Mobile. in this case, it's about the choice of service plans available to iPhone customers.

According to a spokesperson for Vodafone Germany "[we are not] generally opposed to T-Mobile's exclusivity contract with Apple, but want to have these new sales practices examined....The restraining order doesn't aim at a total sales stop". It's worth noting that this is a solely German injunction: Vodafone have confirmed with us that this is purely due to local legislation and we won't be seeing a similar action elsewhere with other Vodafone territories such as the U.K.

Whilst the injunction has been granted, T-Mobile does now have 2 weeks to appeal, meaning it's unlikely that sales will stop before the appeal is exhausted.

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