Schnell! Lock das iPhone!

12:55 PM -- T-Mobile International AG defeated Vodafone Germany 's legal attempt to force the sale of unlocked iPhones in Germany today. A German court ruled that it is perfectly legal to sell locked iPhones with exclusive contracts in Germany.

So, T-Mobile is scrapping the €999 ($1,500) unlocked iPhone offers -- schnell -- and going back to offering only its original tariff plans. But after the 24-month contract is up, users will be able to have their iPhones unlocked if they wish. (See T-Mobile Unlocks iPhone and VOD Spoils iPhone Fun.)

A T-Mobile spokesman would not say how many Germans have actually shelled out €999 for an unlocked phone since it went on sale almost two weeks ago. The only official figure available is that T-Mobile sold 15,000 iPhones on the first day.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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