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Orange sells 30,000 iPhones in five days

updated 09:15 am EST, Wed December 5, 2007

30,000 French iPhones sold

Orange sold approximately 30,000 iPhones within the first five days of their availability in France, one French publication reports. What's more, Orange says that 20 percent of all French iPhones sold were unlocked -- or usable with cellular carriers other than Orange -- at a 750 premium vs. iPhones tied to Orange service, which sell for 400. Yesterday a German court overturned a previous injunction that forced Apple's carrier in the region to sell unlocked handsets in the same manner. [corrected]

More crucially for the phone carrier, 80 percent of buyers signed up for an iPhone-specific plan, while 48 percent were opening their first Orange account. "This confirms that the iPhone will actively contribute to the acquisition of new clients," comments Louis-Pierre Wenes, the executive director of Orange France.

The device itself costs 399 with a two-year subscription, or 749 unlocked; plans range in price from 49 to 119 per month. The iPhone launched in the country on November 28th from a mere 12 outlets, but spread to 680 the following day. Orange says it hopes to sell 50,000 to 100,000 iPhones by the end of the month, and then another 400,000 to 500,000 towards the end of 2008. Apple is estimated to have sold about 2 to 2.1 million iPhones total since the American iPhone launch in late June. [updated]




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  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not as good as expected..

    ..by the media people. I think they expected Apple to sell about 50,000 in the first few days. It's hard to imagine they can sell 100,000 iPhones by the end of the year. It surely is going to be a leap of faith to sell 500,000 by the end of 2008 unless it turns into some sort of a fashion statement to carry an iPhone. Best of luck, iPhone.

    Now if we can just get 10% of the China population to buy iPhones then my heart would rest lightly.

  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    It's proportional

    If you consider that France has a quarter of the population of the US then, I would look at it the same as 120,000 phones sold in the US. That's not a bad start.

  1. libraryguy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    half?

    Half were NOT sold unlocked. Get your news straight. Geez. It was 20%.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7128941.stm

  1. libraryguy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    corrected

    I see that it has now been corrected.

    Thanks!

  1. Luke MacWalker

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: it's proportional

    True, but France's population is just one fifth of the US population (about 63 millions vs 301 millions). So it's even better for the iPhone statistics ;-)

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