Now that the iPhone has been cracked, people around the world want to get their hands on an unlocked iPhone. In the past few days, the software to unlock the iPhone to make it work with any GSM SIM cards has moved from being priced at $100 dollars to being free, and also has been made easier after initially requiring downloading several software components and having to access the phone through a command line interface.
Nobody seems to be too bothered with the fact that Apple’s next software update can potentially “break the unlock”. People just want to use the iPhone!
The Middle East is no exception.
I’ve been following some discussions in Arab forums and the iPhone unlock fever has definitely arrived. Then, I got a message from fellow blogger Moey about his own iPhone importing business in Kuwait. The prices are not cheap and payment is advance (clever, clever). But I wouldn’t be surprised if a good number of people are so keen on getting an iPhone that they would be willing to shell out the money to get one now.
Personally, I am still in wait an see mode. Let’s see what Apple’s UK announcement this week will be about. In Germany, it s seems that T-Mobile has clinched the deal for the iPhone. In France, Orange seem the be the front runner for the deal. Will this mean that iPhone will only be available for Orange (formerly Mobilecom) customers? That would be something.
Zain/MTC were rumored to be quite confident that they will get the iPhone in the Middle East. It’s all up in the air as far as I’m concerned.
And I really hope that Apple decide to launch a new version of the iPhone for the Europe/Middle East market. I think it has to be a 3G phone (some rumors now say that this WON’T happen) and it has to be able to shoot videos. Or else I am not really interested.
Wait and see..
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- Orange to bring the iPhone to the Middle East (and Jordan): the mystery is starting to get solved..
- iPhone Arabia: Apple doesn’t give a sh** about the region (foolishly)
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