Charging that policies locking the sale and usage of Apple’s iPhone to T-Mobile’s network contradict German laws on national network access, Vodafone sought and won a temporary restraining order from a Hamburg court that prohibits T-Mobile from selling the iPhone to German customers. T-Mobile, the wireless unit of Deutsche Telekom (DT), commenced sales of the iPhone on November 9. As with Apple’s U.S. contract with AT&T, T-Mobile was granted exclusive rights to market the iPhone in Germany and to tie iPhone usage to a mandatory T-Mobile service contract that would also provide Apple with a share of the revenues. Under that arrangement, German customers who purchase an iPhone at the retail price of U.S. $585 will be able to use the iPhone only on the T-Mobile network and only after they sign a two-year contract with the carrier. Stressing that its intention is not to stop the sale of iPhones in Germany, Vodafone told the court that the Apple-T-Mobile deal could spur other handset makers to “introduce a new model for the market” that could limit consumer choice and thwart competition. As such, Vodafone asserted that its goal is “to have a court clarify whether it’s legal to sell a device that is linked exclusively to one phone company.” Vodafone further noted that, in France, Orange—a unit of France Telecom—is contracted with Apple to sell the iPhone but is required under French law to market a version of the iPhone that would work on other networks. A spokesman for T-Mobile, which is expected to challenge the ruling, vowed that the sale of iPhones “will continue.” In an attempt to comply with the injunction, T-Mobile has also decided to offer the iPhone for sale at a higher price without a contract.