Apple and Orange have finally confirmed that Orange will be the exclusive French carrier partner for the iPhone.
The two firms also confirmed the device will go on sale in France on 29 November.
“We are excited to partner with Orange and bring iPhone to France in time for the holidays,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “iPhone is an amazing product and we hope mobile users in France will love it as much as we do.”
“The iPhone is a marvelous product and will change how people think about mobile. I’m delighted that it is launching in France through Orange, and I’m sure that our customers share my excitement. Our partnership with Apple is a natural fit because we are two global brands who share the same values of simplicity and innovation. It’s going to be a very merry Christmas for Orange customers all over the country,” said Didier Lombard, CEO, France Telecom.
Apple and Orange had been thought to be at loggerheads as a result of Lombard's September declaration that Orange would carry the iPhone.
iPhone will be sold in France through Orange’s online and direct retail stores. It will be available in an 8GB model for €399 including VAT for any subscription to one of the dedicated rate plans and will work with either a PC or Mac.