关于Apple在香港直接销售未锁定,免合约的iPhone

昨晚我问这笔交易与苹果在香港销售的新款解锁iPhone有什么关系我从DF读者那里得到了一些有用的答案这是一个总结。

首先,香港远不是唯一一家销售iPhone而没有SIM卡锁定特定运营商的国家。这张表来自Apple列出了iPhone销售国家/地区的运营商。1它在捷克共和国,希腊,香港,意大利,卢森堡,澳门,新西兰,新加坡,斯洛伐克,南非和土耳其解锁比利时的DF读者通过电子邮件报告iPhone也在那里解锁,但由于某种原因,没有反映在Apple的表格中。

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。

与其他国家一样,Apple的运营商合作伙伴出售iPhone,即使他们没有锁定SIM卡,他们仍然需要与运营商签订合同因此,在这些国家/地区,要获得解锁的iPhone,您必须前往Apple的运营商合作伙伴,购买iPhone,然后支付解锁费用以退出合同例如,这是澳大利亚读者Chris Hauserman的报告:

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.

这或多或少是通过Apple的运营商合作伙伴在香港解锁手机的过程3香港(此外,香港灰色市场iPhone的市场一直很活跃;例如,这里是一个照片来自FredrikBjöreman1月拍摄,在香港小工具市场上展示了售卖解锁(和越狱)原装iPhone的信息亭。)

香港最新的是Apple现在直接向客户销售解锁的iPhone

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.

请记住,两者之间存在差异解锁合同自由您可以购买解锁和免费的iPhone 3G的国家包括意大利,比利时,南非,捷克共和国和希腊但与香港不同,你不能直接从这些国家的苹果公司购买。

关于苹果为何在香港这样做的主要理论是苹果正在进行的在中国大陆正式销售iPhone的谈判中的战略举措本周早些时候有报道称中国移动正试图让苹果公司出售iPhone没有3G,没有Wi-Fi

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.

这是读者的报告JG在北京对中国大陆iPhone市场的现状:

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.”).

底线:香港现在是世界上唯一一个可以直接从在线Apple Store购买解锁合约免费iPhone的国家。


  1. 该表还表明许多国家/地区都没有可视语音邮件A shame. ↩︎