On hearing the news that one could buy a SIM-lock free iPhone 3G for about €600, I was gobsmacked, then spent the best part of a long distance flight beating myself up for shelling out going on a €1000 (over a couple of years, of course) for doing the same thing in the Netherlands by buying then unlocking a T-mobile locked phone so I could use my KPN SIM.
After a little research, it turns out that Apple has certainly made the Belgian modes SIM-lock free exactly as the Belgian courts require — hard bundling, or koppelverkoop, is illegal in Belgium. However, the new SIMs must come from Belgium. SIM cards from any other country will not work. So, if you’re hoping to drive south of the border and pick yourself up a cheap Belgium SIM-lock free iPhone 3G to use in the Netherlands — or indeed anywhere else in the world, you’d be €600 out of pocket and the unhappy owner of a brick (or some heft roaming charges).