Orange has confirmed that it has sold 30,000 iPhones so far since the product launched in France on November 29.

The French launch was witnessed by hundreds of customers who queued outside Orange's store on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Similar queues greeted the launch of the device in the UK, USA and Germany.

Apple's French success comes as pundits ponder iPhone sales in the UK, with some reports claiming lower-than-anticipated sales here. Some reports suggest just 20,000 of the devices were sold in the days following the UK launch of the device.

Apple hasn't yet revealed any specific UK iPhone sales data, suggesting the company may share a little information on European sales when it reveals the December quarter's results in January.

The company hopes to sell 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008, the equivalent of 1 per cent of the mobile phone market, as claimed by Apple CEO Steve Jobs when he introduced the product in January at the Macworld Conference and Expo, San Francisco.