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!


Ripp said...


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-

Anonymous said...

viva la france

ripp what do i do to get the iphone unlocked?

please email me at

thanks babe

Sezai said...

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

Pierre M. said...

En Belgique, c'est encore plus simple: La loi interdit la vente de téléphones mobiles verrouillés.
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.


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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 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...