During its last PR raid throughout Europe, Steve Jobs, the Apple CEO, announced only two of the carriers that will be selling iPhone exclusively in Europe. Finally, an official statement about the third one is available. As expected, Orange will be selling the Apple iPhone 8GB devices in France.
You probably remember the rest of the chosen ones - besides O2, the European Apple clique is comprised of T-Mobile in Germany and O2 in the UK. The sales in France will go along with the same contract agreements as in Germany and UK. Customers willing to obtain the gadget will have to cough EUR399 but they will have to wait until 29th November 2007, while the "Euro" iPhone will start shipping in Germany and UK as early as the 9th November 2007. The unusual about the iPhone sales this time is that the French legislation forbids the carrier to sell only locked mobile handsets. So Orange is also expected to offer unlocked iPhones but at a different price (yet unknown, as you may have guessed).
This late announcement coincides with the iPhone Dev Team releasing the iPhone 1.1.1 version unlocking solution for free. Obviously hackers are not wasting any time and in the end it might turn into a game of cat and mouse where Apple would continue releasing locking software upgrades, while crackers will have a full-time job breaking them.
orange will be selling iphone in france
luc, Sure the iPhone is a great device with many improvements(faster/more reactive/prettier U.I,multitouch screen,overall build quality,etc...) other current generation multimedia phone(i don't think it can even be considered as a smartphone). ...
"It's a nice product, but the features and the price make it an unworthy purchase." I fully agree. And we can also add that numerous artificial restrictions/limitations willingly implemented by Apple are quite painful tool.