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Orange-less iPhone goes on sale in France

updated 09:35 am EST, Fri December 26, 2008

Orange-free French iPhone

People looking for an iPhone in France can now buy one without having to go through the country's official carrier, Orange, a local retailer has announced. FNAC is now selling a contract-free version of the iPhone 3G, though at a significant markup. An 8GB version of the phone is priced at 799 ($1,123), while black or white 16B models are selling for 899 ($1,263). By contrast, similar options in Belgium are priced at only 529 and 619.

The FNAC iPhones are most likely a product of a recent government ruling, temporarily forcing Apple and Orange to allow sales of the device by other companies. Bouygues Telecom has accused the pair of hurting competition in France, by virtue of an exclusive deal; while the government has yet to make a final decision on guilt, it has so far sided with Bouygues.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Cadaver

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So are these unlocked iPhones or simply contract-free but carrier-locked iPhones??

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Unlocked, take-it-anywhere, no strings attached, contract-free iPhones. You get what you pay for, though.

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