在大多数（全部？）这些情况下，法律要求向特定运营商销售解锁电话但事情是这样的：香港已经列入名单 - 香港是没有出售有载波锁定电话的国家之一。
今天我从澳大利亚沃达丰购买了16GB的iPhoneIt cost A$363 for the phone, plus AUD$75 to unlock it, on a 24 month contract at AUD$49/month, but I have bought out the remainder of my contract for AUD$25 for 24 months, combined total AUD$1038, or USD$829Took about 1 hour to deal with all the paperwork in the shop, and I’m waiting for my unlock code to be sent to me tomorrow by email — then I have a new unlocked phone.
Buggered if I know why they don’t just sell it unlocked, hassle for them and for me to go through the process.
On its Hong Kong Web site, the Cupertino, California-based company is advertising direct sales of iPhone 3G, saying people can “buy directly from Apple” and choose their own carrier.
“iPhone 3G purchased at the Apple Online Store can be activated with any wireless carrier,” it said on the site.
So, assuming Apple is not interested in selling crippled Wi-Fi-less iPhones to satisfy China Mobile’s demands, but still wants to profit from the enormous Chinese market, selling unlocked contract-free iPhones in Hong Kong is the optimal way to supply the mainland Chinese gray market.
When you buy an iPhone 3G here on the black market (and the “black market” is actually just an electronics store — they have signs up advertising iPhones, there’s nothing underground about it) you have a choice between a US version, a Hong Kong version, and a New Zealand version As of last week a US phone was 4,000-something人民币, a HK phone was just over 7,000 RMB, and a New Zealand phone was more than 8,000 RMB.
As I understand it, both the HK and NZ phones are “unlocked”, meaning that you activate the phone simply by connecting it to iTunes The US versions require a small device (maybe just a piece of plastic, or maybe a chip?) that you stick in with the SIM card in order to “unlock” the device, which is why they are cheaper.
That was a long-winded explanation, but I wonder if Apple has made the phones available through their website (and not just through their carrier partner in HK) as a part of their bargaining process with the mainland Chinese carriers (i.e., “If you won’t agree to our terms, we’ll just sell unlocked phones directly in HK.”).
该表还表明许多国家/地区都没有可视语音邮件A shame. ↩︎