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!

10 comments:

Ripp said...

Hello,

I'm french and I already have done this with my phone : you have to send to the operator a copy of your ID Card (or passport)and to call them : they explain you how to unlock the phone. I hope the iphone will be soon in France...

Anonymous said...

hey , ribb, then u aldy knw how to unlock it ? my mail- angle_fuller@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

viva la france

ripp what do i do to get the iphone unlocked?

please email me at islandfun41@gmail.com

thanks babe

Sezai said...

Bonjour ribb
Pouvez vous m'envoyer un @ d'instruction au sbasar@gmail.com pour la desactivation du systeme de blockage des sim-cards?
Vous remerciant par avance
Sezai

Pierre M. said...

En Belgique, c'est encore plus simple: La loi interdit la vente de téléphones mobiles verrouillés.
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It is even easier in Belgium, it is forbidden, by law, to sell locked phones (or to lock phones for that matter). Will Apple ever sell iPhone in Belgium?

Hannu said...

I wonder what is going to happen in Finland - the Nokialand. We do not have locked phones here at all, iPhone would be the very first one.

-Hannu-

mike said...

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then u need to put the x sim 3 turbosim and the sim that came with iphone in to anothe iphone a new menu will come up called stk . select it then choose english then select other iphones then select copy sim card data.

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dailleschic187 said...

i bought an unlocked iphone and i plugged it into itunes and i accidentally clicked "restore and update" and it completely deleted everything and now the phone doesnt even have a menu....the only option i have is to make emergency phone calls....is there any way to unlock it?

Anonymous said...

I have an iPhone 3G from Orange. I have just completed unlocking it. After 6 months (as noted) I called Orange and requested that they "debloquez mon SIM" or "deverrouillez mon iPhone". They do not make it easy. When I first called they said it would take 3 days. After 3 days, they said it would be a week. Finally received email after 8 days, 4 calls, and 2 emails to their support. To unlock, you just do a "Restore" in iTunes. At end of this process, iTunes indicates that there is an update from the service provider & asks if you want to apply it. This is the unlock. Tested it with my US T-Mobile SIM & it works great.

Cally said...

That law that you said about is in all Europe but is not aplyied by all the operator.SO the solution is unlocking with software...