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T-Mobile Wins Court Injunction Blocking iPhone VoIP Application

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Germany's Higher Regional Court of Hamburg has issued a declaration which bans the use of a VoIP application on the Apple iPhone. The application, Sipgate enabled iPhone users to make VoIP calls when connected to a local Wi Fi hotspot in Germany.

The court case was brought by T-Mobile, which is the exclusive distributor of the iPhone in Germany.

The court had sided with T-Mobile, which had argued that Sipgate had used unfair business practices in order to attract consumers that are otherwise locked to T-Mobile while making calls. The core of the argument was based around claims that consumers would have to "jailbreak" their phone in order to use the Sipgate application, and hence was a breach of the T-Mobile contract with their subscribers.

The application is still being sold on Apple's application shop, as it has not been banned for use outside the country.

The court has however also upheld a previous ban on T-Mobile advertising the iPhone as having unlimited internet access - until it offers a VoIP service of its own.

On the web: Sipgate.

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