Apple loses exclusive iPhone deal in France

Apple was forced to end exclusive iPhone contract deals with Orange in France. The immediate effect of the contract, which offers the latest iPhone to all of France via Apple and Telecom SA (Orange) will be cancelled by France's competition authority.

This exclusive contract could knock out all rival phones within France, making the iPhone the most popular smartphone in France. Even with O2 selling the iPhone exclusively in the UK, France competition authority had to step in after a complaint was filed in September, from the successful launch of the iPhone and iPhone 3G, by Orange.

Apple has appealed the decision with the French competition authority to once again sell the iPhone exclusively through Orange. If the decision is passed, Apple will begin selling the iPhone shortly after in France. Until the decision is final, the iPhone remains off the shelves in France to all consumers

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