Vodafone Challenges T-Mobile's Exclusive iPhone Deal By Teresa Von ___hs WirelessWeek - November 20, 2007 Vodafone has challenged Apple's exclusive contract with T-Mobile in Germany, saying that selling an unsubsidized, locked handset with a 24-month contract violates German competition law. A court in Hamburg granted a temporary injunction against T-Mobile yesterday, though the order does not stop the Deutsche Telekom mobile unit from continuing to sell the iPhone. The court order asked T-Mobile to stop marketing the handset only in conjunction with a 2-year contract, and that the device be compatible with other networks. Another court hearing is scheduled for two weeks from now. German carrier Debitel has also filed a complaint with Germany's telecom regulator. A T-Mobile spokesperson told the Associated Press that there is nothing unusual with having an exclusive device in its portfolio, saying that it will continue to sell Apple's handset: "The main thing is we will sell the iPhone. There is no stop to selling the iPhone." Vodafone has said that it is not looking to block T-Mobile from selling the device, but that it would like to see it sell an unlocked version. Typically in Europe, locked handsets with exclusive carrier deals are subsidized by the carrier. Vodafone has said that it doesn't plan to file a similar complaint in other countries where the iPhone is set to go on sale. Apple's coveted handset will be available Nov. 29 in France with carrier partner Orange. Orange plans to offer an unlocked version of the device, in compliance with French telecom regulations. Vodafone Challenges T-Mobile's Exclusive iPhone Deal LOL, her last name doesn't go past WA's censor.