According to report, Deutsche Telekom can lose its iPhone 4 exclusivity in Germany, when Vodafone begins selling the smartphone on Oct. 28.
Deutsche Telekom, which is T-Mobile’s parent company, is Germany’s largest mobile provider with 37 million customers in Germany. The second place is held by Vodafone which has 34.9 million and O2 has 16.3 million.
Earlier also Apple and the carriers has faced opposition to the use of exclusive contracts in Europe. In 2007, a German court ordered Deutsche Telekom to sell the iPhone unlocked and without a contract after Vodafone filed a complaint. Way back in 2008, a French court ruled that an exclusive deal between Apple and France Telecom’s Orange was in violation of local freedom of competition and pricing laws. However, after the ruling, the iPhone’s market share in France jumped to the 40 percent range.
“We want the iPhone to be available to everyone without being tied to a contract,” said Vodafone Deutschland chief executive Friedrich Joussen.