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Apple Increases Price for Unlocked 3G iPhone

Apple Inc is allowing customers in Hong Kong to use its 3G iPhone with any mobile phone carrier. The company is selling the unlocked phones for triple the price.

The popular multimedia phone can be activated with any wireless carrier. However, this unlocked iPhone comes with a huge price. The 8 GB smart phone version goes for $698. The 16 GB version sells for $798.

The 8 GB model sells in the United States for $199. The 16 GB model sells for $299. These prices are for locked phones. As you can see, Apple is boosting revenues for the unlocked versions.

Until recently, Hong Kong buyers could only purchase the mobile phone from Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd with a two-year contract.

The 3G version offers a touch screen with high-speed Internet access to third generation networks. The mobile phone offers Wi-Fi, e-mail, GPS and a multimedia player for video and music.