Orange to slice cost of Apple’s iPhone

22 Apr 2008

A report in French newspaper Les Echos claims that Orange France is preparing to cut the price it charges for an iPhone. The paper goes on to say that top officials from the French mobile operator have travelled to California to ask the handset maker what can be done about the stocks of unsold iPhones it is currently carrying, amid fresh industry rumours that a 3G version of the innovative device is soon to be on the way. Indeed, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica has claimed that the 3G iPhone is coming shortly to Telecom Italia without a revenue sharing deal and without long-term exclusivity. In the meantime, the French cellco could opt to subsidise the price of the iPhone – a move that has already been taken by O2 in the UK and T-Mobile Germany – although Orange France has denied all the rumours, saying that ‘everything is going well’ where the iPhone is concerned. Earlier this month, Orange France released sales figures for the iPhone, reporting that it had shipped just 96,000 units since launching the device in November.

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