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Locked, unlocked iPhones premiere in France

updated 09:40 am EST, Wed November 28, 2007

iPhone premieres in France

The iPhone is now on sale in France, according to reports. Agence France-Presse writes that the device's primary carrier, Orange, is selling it in three different price tiers: a base 399 level that requires an Orange plan, a 549 plan-free version, and finally a 749 phone (incorporating a 100 access fee) that can be used on competing phone networks. The phone is only available from 12 outlets until Thursday however, and Orange says that over 50,000 orders have already been placed. Some third-party French websites are said to be selling the iPhone, but Orange is threatening legal action.

Four different plans are in effect, starting at 49 per month; this gives a user two hours of daily voice, two hours on nights and weekends, and 50 SMS messages; included is unlimited e-mail, web browsing and Visual Voicemail, but only 10 hours of access to Orange-owned Wi-Fi hotspots. The top plan costs 119 a month, and grants 100 hours of hotspot access. Along with this comes eight hours apiece of daily and night/weekend voice, plus 1,000 SMS messages.

The Orange pricing scheme differs drastically with that of Germany's T-Mobile, which is simply charging 399 for a contracted iPhone or 999 for an unlocked one. Orange is confident enough in the appeal of the iPhone that it expects to sell at least 100,000 units by the end of 2007.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    How nice...

    so French phone plans have daily limitations on use? Really?

    And it costs $72 US for two hours a day worth of phone time? Sure, its got unlimited data (in theory, but maybe that's implying on a wifi network its unlimited), but this is supposed to be a phone first, right?

    This is the best Apple could find in that country?

    I'd also like to know what the 100 euro access fee is all about? A fee to have access to the phone?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    SMS : unlimited reception

    All incoming communications are free in France. All the plan have to be understood as limiting outgoing communication and having unlimited incoming voice call and SMS mesages.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Access fee : unlocking

    The access fee is to unlock your phone BEFORE the 6 month delay. After this 6 month delay, it is mandatry from the law for the carrier to provide a way to unlock you phone to user who demand it.

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    what's that smell?

    ...yes, it's the distinct odour of impending prosecution under EU rather than French rules. Can't exactly see them selling 100,000 units by December 31st particularly given the current turmoil in France plus a well documented recent antipathy towards products that are heavily identified as "American" notwithstanding their country of origin or manufacture. Will the French be buying "Freedom Phones", I don't think so!

  1. JohnnyFive

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: how nice...

    there's a lot of factors at play here. so what if france's phone rates are higher? it could mean that french people actually make more money and have a higher standard of living? or they could be suckers.

    considering that 50,000 have been pre-ordered, i would guess that the french have some money to burn.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The poor Brits...

    can't cough up the money like the French and that's a shame. I thought the U.K. people had plenty of cash to spend, but I guess not. iPhones sales so far are a real letdown in the U.K. Maybe they'll open their wallets in time for Christmas.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Once again...

    ...the French are able to prove how much better than the Brits they are :-)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: the poor brits

    can't cough up the money like the French and that's a shame. I thought the U.K. people had plenty of cash to spend, but I guess not. iPhones sales so far are a real letdown in the U.K. Maybe they'll open their wallets in time for Christmas.



    Or maybe they've got that sense of rationality and calm, did the math, and determined that paying the UK price for the iPhone and associated plans isn't worth it.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's not a putdown of

    the British since they say they really like the iPhone, but just can't see spending the money for it.

    In that sense, no handset is worth spending that much money on even if it has all the features you could imagine.

    I guess their mindset is really different. Maybe they don't spend money on expensive cars either since any motor car will do as long as it runs.

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