Apple's European iPhone plans may not yet be finalised, an Orange executive said today.

A report on MarketWatch explains that Louis-Pierre Wenes, an executive from France Telecom's Orange division, was quoted by Paris Match as confirming his unit is in talks with Apple for French distribution of the device, but warned, "any deal will be several weeks away".

The executive promised the device would appear in the fourth quarter (if Orange secures the rights) and that the firm would not subsidise the cost of the handset.

O2, Vodafone and T-Mobile have also recently reported as being in talks, with O2 now the most likely mobile network to offer iPhone in the UK, if the ever-active rumour-mill is to be believed.

Apple has also begun talks with mobile firms to offer the device in the Far East, a report implies.

Cellular News claims South Korea's second-largest mobile firm, KT Freetel, today confirmed it is also in talks with Apple to secure the right to distribute the product in South Korea.

The firm is also speaking with Nokia, Motorola and Sony Ericsson, the report indicates.