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Apple Now Selling Unlocked, SIM-free iPhones Online

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November 23, 2013 9:34:12 AM

"But they're GSM, so you can't use them on any network you want."

LTE is patented, unless your using the carrier that holds the patent or a sub licensed carrier of the patents involved. you're stuck with what ever a former standard became released from patent or is granted free license to.
Expiring GSM patents will spark a fresh wave of innovation in the global mobile phone industry

20th October, 2008

Expiring GSM patents will spark a fresh wave of innovation in the global mobile phone industry,

Tens of thousands of patents filed back in the late 1980s to protect GSM technology used in the first digital mobile phones are now starting to expire, paving the way for a fresh wave of industry competition and innovation, according to Withers & Rogers LLP, a leading UK firm of patent and trade mark attorneys.

GSM technology was originally developed by the leading mobile phone operators and handset manufacturers for use in the first digital mobile phone handsets and networks, supporting voice calls and text messaging. The technology was extensively patented, but these patents have already started to expire and this is likely to spark a fresh wave of global industry competition over the next few years.

Nick Wallin, patent attorney, said:

“These essential GSM patents are held by leading brands like Motorola, Nokia and Eriksson and they have successfully protected this early digital mobile phone technology from competition for the past 20 years.

“As these patents expire, we should expect to see a fresh wave of competition among mobile phone manufacturers around the world as they seek to apply the technologies in their own handsets and infrastructure.

“This increase in competition is likely to drive down prices for GSM mobile phones and network equipment this could have a significant effect on the global mobile phone market.”

While in the UK and most of the developed world, GSM technology has been superceded by 2.5G (better known as GPRS) and 3G, which can support more data services, it remains popular in countries like Africa and India, where there is high demand for low cost telecommunications systems and infrastructure. The arrival of additional competition, bringing lower prices, is likely to drive market demand in these countries and could also create a new market opportunity in the UK.
November 23, 2013 10:06:23 AM

Or you could get a Nexus 5 for $350.
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November 23, 2013 10:23:07 AM

burnley14 is on to something.
November 23, 2013 10:30:44 AM

Huh? I got my unlocked Iphone5S from apple a month ago...even got receipt if anyone wants proof.
November 23, 2013 2:28:27 PM

heh, iPhones are for people that are technologically handicapped...
November 23, 2013 6:06:53 PM

Still overpriced and gross, no thanks
November 24, 2013 4:57:02 AM

heh, iPhones are for people that are technologically handicapped...

The most technically savy people I know in IT (I'm an IT professional) all own iPhones. The least technically savy people in our circle in IT typically own Android.

In my personal circle of friends and family. The most technical and educated in sciences / engineering mostly have iPhones and its a 50/50 split in non-technical.

You're entire premise is nonsense even at a macro level.
November 24, 2013 11:19:56 PM

Don`t know how is there, but here only bimbo`s own an Iphone...and people who can`t learn to use a normal phone (like memadmax put it: technologically handicapped ones)...
November 25, 2013 2:50:06 AM

i think by "gsm only" Jane is saying/copying and pasting that the unlocked/simfree iphones wont work on verizon as its not gsm. why oh why do you guys make a big technical detail out of something so painfully simple. PS: Who gives a flying F if iphones are good or bad - that is not the purpose of this "article". Stick to the plot PlEaSe!
November 25, 2013 9:01:32 PM

overpriced, lacking innovation and no new technology: i'll pass
November 26, 2013 9:29:57 AM

$200 to add 48GB of data and no other features?? Thats why I would never buy an ianything