Monday, December 15, 2008

iPhone's Come Unlocked In Taiwain

iphoneiPhone users here in the states typically have to hack an iPhone to gain the ability to use a SIM card from another carrier. But that's not the case for our Taiwanese counter parts. According to reports from DigiTimes "Taiwan iPhone 3Gs are SIM unlocked out-of-the-box".

Prior to the launch last weekend, representatives from CHT and its retailers had said that iPhones bought in Taiwan would only work on its own network. However, when early adopters actually tried switching SIM cards they discovered that the phones operated fine on the other carriers' networks, with the only limitation being they could not access CHT's Hami value added web services.

DigiTimes believes Taiwan could become a popular source of "gray market" iPhones in other countries. I for one don't really see that happening, at least not here in the states. The price listed for the 8GB iPhone 3G in Taiwan without a contract is NT$26,600 (US$800). That would be a fairly hefty premium considering there are hacks and modified SIM cards out there that work. I will concede that there could be a market for the "none tech" crowd that either can't or won't attempt unlocking the traditional (hacking) way.

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