O2 will unlock iPhone for use on other networks
We missed this at the time, but eagle-eyed (it's his left one) Bitterwallet reader Mark spotted today's iPhone news. Courtesy of an interview with The Times, O2 boss Matthew Key has put his hands up and admitted the service provider will unlock a customer's iPhone once it is available on other networks. In other words if you're out of contract, you can switch to Orange in a fortnight:
Q: Is there any truth in the rumour that after Orange and Vodafone are able to sell the iPhone you will not allow people to unlock their iPhone, even if they are out of their contract period? If so, how can you justify this action if the customers have paid for the phone over the life of their contract and you will not be the sole carrier? Do you not think this would possibly be illegal under EU law?
Andy McConn, Glasgow
There is absolutely no truth in that rumour. Once the iPhone becomes available on other UK networks, we will allow O2 customers to unlock their iPhones, although of course they will still need to honour any outstanding contract period they have. At the end of their contract period, they are entirely free to move to another operator — though naturally we hope they won’t want to!