Apple and Orange to sell unlocked iPhone in France

“Mobile operator Orange will begin selling an unlocked an iPhone in France next month. This is due to a French law that prohibits exclusively bundling a handset with a wireless carrier,” BetaNews reports.

“Like in other European countries, the locked iPhone will cost 399 euros. The unlocked iPhone will cost more, Orange said, but will not specify how much until November,” BetaNews reports.

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51 Comments

  1. $399 euro’s. damn!!! that is $566 dollars. While still less than the $599 the orginial iPhone went for (8 gig) that is still a lot more.

    apple could sell it for $299 euro’s and still make an extra $25 per unit to cover the extra shipping and handling charges

  2. Its hardly Apple’s fault that the US economy is struggling and the dollar is so weak against the Euro.

    “$399 euro’s. damn!!! that is $566 dollars. While still less than the $599 the orginial iPhone went for (8 gig) that is still a lot more.

    apple could sell it for $299 euro’s and still make an extra $25 per unit to cover the extra shipping and handling charges”

  3. In Europe taxes are far hiugher than in USA. Plus the laws will forbidd the Appl-AT&T;typed contracts. Therefore, Orange and Apple had only this one possible strategy: sell expensive with the choosen operator and sel the iPhone at a prhibitve and discouraging prize has free unloked phone.
    Make no doubt to me that people will not even think about buying an iPhone without Orange.

  4. Sillies. The US economy is far more robust than all that. The US economy is fine – all the more so because out manufacturing output is so cheap now.

    What you’re looking at is the 20% sales tax (plus import duties) – the order of the day in that worker’s paradise we know as France. And probably a markup penalty because Apple gets no goodies from Orange to boost their earnings on unlocked phones.

  5. So would it be correct to say that anyone I know visiting France in the near future could get me one these babies and I could use it in Ireland on any network? Even if I am a pay as you go customer??? Advice please, cheers!

  6. Yep, wandering joe is correct, that price includes 19.6% VAT (sales tax) in France whereas US prices are quoted with sales tax.

    So like-for-like price (sans tax) is 333 Euros, which at 1.42:1 equates to aprox $473

    The difference is probably due to FX hedging, the US dollar is extremely weak atm, especially against the Euro. Plus a bit of extra needless margin. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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