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French law possible roadblock to iPhone release

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Friday, October 5, 2007
News Categories: iPhone

A French law that would require the iPhone to be sold both with and without a contract may delay the launch of the device in the country, reports MarketWatch. According to the report, French daily Les Echos quotes a source from French Telecom’s Orange as stating, “The risk we’re evaluating this week is that Apple crosses France off”. The law requiring the sale of the iPhone without a contract could potentially undermine any revenue-sharing agreements between Apple and Orange; it has been speculated that Apple has revenue-sharing agreements in place with every iPhone carrier. A spokeswoman from Orange had previously confirmed that the company has signed an agreement with Apple to carry the iPhone in France.

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Apple: That’s what you get when you violate global standards (GSM) by selling a phone *only* locked to a particular carrier.

You never should’ve spread yourselves so thin. The iPhone delayed OS X Leopard, turned iLife ‘08 a buggy mess, and allowed new iMacs to turn themselves into $2000 paperweights.

Posted by The Doctor on October 8, 2007 at 12:17 PM (PDT)

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