Without any fanfare, at all, Apple has apparently made the iPhone 3G available in Hong Kong fully unlocked, directly from its online store.
As you can imagine, the selling price of these fully unlocked units are higher than those of locked, carrier subsidized units, with the 8GB models selling for $5,400 HK ($692) and the 16GB models for $6,200 ($794).
These iPhones can be activated with any wireless carrier in HK, as long as the user inserts a SIM card in it before performing a sync with iTunes 8.
The carrier 3 in Hong Kong is already known to be selling carrier-locked versions of the iPhone 3G. The new unlocked versions should prove to be a boon for those who don’t want to be tied to local carrier service.
As a side note, there’s a rumor brewing up about a stripped-down iPhone that lacks Wi-Fi and 3G to be in the works for China, according to the South China Morning Post. This is how strict China’s mobile environment is. Let’s see how Apple goes through this.
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