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Orange to sell iPhone in France

21 сентября 2007

French telco confirms it will distribute of Apple handset, although details remain under wraps for now. France Telecom Thursday said it has signed an agreement with Apple to distribute the iPhone in France through its Orange mobile arm.

An Orange spokeswoman confirmed to Total Telecom that it will sell the handset from the end of November, backing up an earlier report from Reuters, quoting France Telecom chief executive Didier Lombard as having made the announcement at an event in Hanoi.

The spokeswoman also confirmed that Orange will not be subsidising the iPhone, but was unable to disclose any further details regarding the price of the handset.

It is unclear at this point what sort of tariffs the French operator is planning to offer with the iPhone and the spokeswoman declined to discuss the possibility that Orange may offer an unlimited data package.

TechCrunch's French Website Monday said the iPhone was due to go on sale in France on 29 November priced at €300, however, it is unclear whether that includes tax.

Total Telecom expects an official announcement to follow soon, although exact details on when it will take place remain undisclosed.

Apple this week confirmed it will be selling the highly anticipated iPhone with O2 in the U.K. for £269, and T-Mobile in Germany for €399 (effectively the same price) from 9 November.

Apple has remained tight-lipped on the financial details of the agreements reached with the three European mobile operators.

Press reports leading up to the iPhone's launch in Europe said Apple will receive 10% of the revenues that O2, Orange and T-Mobile generate from the handset.

At the London iPhone launch on Tuesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said the company is targeting 10 million worldwide iPhone sales in 2008. Indeed, Apple plans to nearly double production of the handset in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a report on financial Website TheStreet.com.

Источник: Total Telecom

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