Unlocked iPhone 3G being sold in Italy and Hong Kong

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iPhone Atlas is reporting that they have received multiple reports that unlocked iPhone 3G is being sold in Italy and Hong Kong.

Telecom Italia Mobile in Italy and Hutchison Telecommunications in Hong Kong are selling unlocked iPhone 3G.

It means that iPhone 3G users can use the SIM card of any GSM carrier.

iPhone Atlas reports that "as per the Office of the Telecom Authority in Hong Kong, carriers are not allowed to SIM lock a phone for the purpose of solely tying customers to their network. However, carriers can SIM-lock a phone to protect the handset subsidy or to enforce mobile plan contracts."

However, as one would expect there is a catch, users can buy an unlocked iPhone 3G that can be used with any GSM carrier but for that they still need to sign a two-year contract. So its quite pointless if you are in Italy or Hong Kong, as it makes no sense to use a cheaper carrier option as that would still mean an incremental cost.

But it can be an interesting option if you can use the unlocked iPhone 3G bought in Italy or Hong Kong in a country where it is currently not available. I believe the hurdle to get it to work would be iPhone activation. Any thoughts?

As for everyone else, I guess we will need to wait for the iPhone Dev team to release their Pwnage Tool 2.0  to jailbreak and unlock iPhone 3G.

In case you are from Hong Kong or Italy do let us know if you have more information.

[via iPhone Atlas]


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