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Apple Selling Unlocked iPhone 3Gs in Hong Kong

Apple has officially announced the sale of unlocked iPhone 3Gs in Hong Kong that can be purchased directly via Apple’s website.

We have previously reported that 3 HK owned by Hutchison Telecom had closed deals to carry the iPhone 3G, yet it may come as a surprise to the citizens of Hong Kong that they will now be able to purchase an unlocked version of the much anticipated device directly through Apple. Since the devices are unlocked, meaning that they can be activated by any wireless carrier throughout the area, they are not being subsidized which is being reflected in the price that they are selling for.

The 8GB model has been set at $5,400 HK, roughly $692 US and the 16GB will fetch $6,200 HK or about $794 US. According to Apple these devices will only require a carrier’s SIM card before being activated through iTunes. Apple states “iPhone 3G purchased at the Apple Online Store can be activated with any wireless carrier. Simply insert the SIM from your current phone into iPhone 3G and connect to iTunes 8 to complete activation.”

What’s interesting here is that recent reports have indicated that China Mobile, has a desired interest in carrying a hobbled version of the iPhone, lacking 3G and WiFi support, to comply with government regulations.

For a comprehensive overview of Appleā€™s global presence with the iPhone 3G, check out our iPhone WorldMap.

[via MacNN]

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