T-Mobile will start selling unlocked iPhones for nearly $1,500 in Germany after a court spat with rival Vodaphone. T-Moblile is the exclusive iPhone reseller in Germany, and sells it for 399 euros with a two-year contract.
A Court granted Vodaphone an injunction that prevents T-Mobile from locking the iPhone down to its network. The court injuntion however did not determine how much the contract-less iPhone would have to be sold for, hence the ridiculous price tag.
I’m sure Apple’s not too pleased at all this drama since it’s iPhone business model is based on both hardware sales and recurring subscription fees.