Originally Posted by Darryn Lowe
Do you read what you write?
In most places around the world the iPhone IS unlocked. It's mostly America where the phone is locked into a single carrier because America's cellphone companies are too scared to compete properly with each other. Do you seriously think Apple wants to sell a locked phone? No. They want as many people buying their phones as possible and locked phones DO NOT allow that. This locking is imposed by the cellphone providers not Apple.
ALL iPhones that have ever been sold in New Zealand outside of TradeMe (i.e. over the counter sales not auctions) have all been unlocked. In fact I laughed at people buying iPhones on TradeMe because they all were imported from the States and were all locked and people came to me to ask how to unlock them. I then tell them had they bought an iPhone from Vodafone they would have already got an unlocked phone... especially funny is that they ended up paying more for the iPhone in a TradeMe auction than they would have getting it over the counter.
You can't look at what goes on in America and apply it to the rest of the world because the rest of the world doesn't play by America's rules.
All of Vodafone Australia's iPhones are now sold unlocked, iPhones sold before they started selling them unlocked will be automatically unlocked when restored in iTunes.
The carriers decide this.
Handsets sold in Europe have been sold locked long before Apple came on the scene, particularly PAYG ones, Nokia, Phillips, Siemens, Ericsson, Sagem doesn't matter which brand, carriers define which handsets are locked depending on the laws in the country they sell them in.
Handset locking is a way to subsidise PAYG handsets which is why locked handsets generally cost less than unlocked handsets.