French wireless operator Orange said Friday it has signed a deal with Apple to sell its iPhone in the Middle East, Africa and several European countries. Here is more info:
France Telecom's Orange said in a one-sentence statement that it will sell the handset in Austria, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and African markets later this year.
France Telecom spokesman Bertrand Deronchaine said Orange will be the exclusive iPhone provider in Belgium and Romania, with co-exclusive or non-exclusive deals in other countries. He declined to offer more details about the arrangement.
Apple has so far struck exclusive deals for the iPhone with AT&T Inc. in the United States, O2 in Britain, T-Mobile in Germany and Orange in France.
Apple plans further expansion later this year through the partnership with Mexico City-based America Movil SAB. The top mobile phone operator in Latin America said earlier this month it plans to bring the iPhone to all of its Latin American operations.
Apple has also signed deals with Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI) to sell the device in Canada; Milan-based Telecom Italia SpA (TIA) to sell the iPhone in Italy; and Vodafone Group PLC (VOD), the world's largest mobile company by sales, to sell it in 10 countries, including Australia, India, Italy and Turkey.
Since the combination iPod-cell phone-Internet device went on sale last June in the U.S., Apple has sold 5.4 million worldwide, based on data as of the end of Apple's fiscal second quarter, which ended in March.
The announcements will help Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple meet its goal to sell 10 million iPhones by the end of this year.
Many consumers in countries where Apple has not struck iPhone deals with mobile operators are using them already. They're using "unlocked" iPhones that have been modified to work over any cellular network, a sign of the growing worldwide demand for the phones that has also irked Apple, which has disabled some unlocked phones through software updates.
To read our latest phone reviews please visit:
LG Vu Mobile Digial TV Phone
Nokia E51 Smartphone
Nokia N95-4 with 5 Megapixel Camera
Verizon XV6900 Windows Mobile PDA Phone
Sanyo Katana LX for Sprint
Nokia N810 Internet Tablet
E-TEN Glofiish X650
Motorola MOTO Z9
BlackBerry Pearl 8120 with WiFi
ASUS P527 Windows Mobile 6 Professional Phone
Samsung Ace for Sprint
Samsung M520 for Sprint
Palm Centro for AT&T
Sharper Image 101TSI Windows Mobile 6 PPC Phone
LG Shine for AT&T
More News. . .
0 registered and 650 anonymous users are browsing this forum.
Moderator: Tong Zhang, LisaG, News, Jacob_Spindel
You cannot start new topics
You cannot reply to topics
HTML is enabled
UBBCode is enabled
Topic views: 5399
Powered by UBB.threads™ 6.5.5