Friday, July 6, 2007
iPhones in France - law says they must be unlocked
In the United States mobile phones may be unlocked but phone operators are not legally obliged to assist you.
In France however, according to a by-law passed on the 17th of November 1998 (text, scan), phone operators are obliged to unlock your phone, for a cost during the first 6 months of a contract but for free after the initial 6 months.
All three operators have lost civil lawsuits citing this by-law: Bouygues Telecom in April 2000, France Telecom Orange in January 2002 and SFR in October 2002.
Vivre le iPhone! Vivre la France!
Posted by Anonymous Coward at 7:31 AM