Vodafone attacks T-Mobile on iPhone sales terms

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A German court has granted British telecoms group Vodafone (VOD.L) a preliminary injunction against Deutsche Telekom’s mobile unit T-Mobile over its sales terms for Apple’s (AAPL.O) iPhone.

According to the injunction, filed at a regional court in Hamburg, the goal is to stop the sale of the iPhone if it is sold only in connection with a 24 month T-Mobile contract and/or is blocked in such a way that it can only be used in a T-Mobile network.

A court spokeswoman said that T-Mobile, which secured the rights to sell the iPhone exclusively in Germany, can file an objection.

A T-Mobile spokesman said on Tuesday the company had received the injunction but would continue to sell the music-playing and Web-browsing device, which went on sale Nov 9 in Germany.

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iPhone Arrives in Europe

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Today is the official launch of the iPhone in the UK on O2 and in Germany on T-Mobile. Much like the launch in the US, Apple/O2 will be shutting down stores for a few hours to train employees on the device, and then officially opening up the doors at 6:02pm local time. The price for the 8GB device will be