Apple has stopped offering older iPhone models and 3G-based iPads at their German online store today out of a response to an injunction that was won by Motorola Mobility Holdings this past December. “While some iPad and iPhone models are not available through Apple’s online store in Germany right now, customers should have no problem finding them at one of our retail stores or an authorized reseller,” stated Apple spokesman Alan Hely.
When you try to order iPhone 3G, iPhone 4 and iPad 3G models from the online German store, there is a message that says “currently not available.” However WiFi iPads and the iPhone 4S are still available.
A German court in Mannheim said that Apple Sales International, a European subsidiary of Apple based in Ireland must stop selling or distributing mobile devices that are infringing on certain Motorola patents. Motorola claims that they have been offering Apple “reasonable licensing terms” since 2007.
In order to enforce the injunction, Motorola had to pay around 100 million euros ($132 million) as bond. Apple plans to appeal this case.
“Apple is appealing this ruling because Motorola repeatedly refuses to license this patent to Apple on reasonable terms, despite having declared it an industry standard patent seven years ago,” stated a company spokesman.