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French Unlocked iPhone cheapest in Europe

Apple's iPhone will be sold for GBP 535 unlocked in France.

That's what exclusive French distributor Orange has announced after the French authorities had made it clear they would not allow locked phones.

The phones will cost Orange customers (opens in new tab) Eur 649 and an additional Eur 100 if another operator is chosen.

Still, that's nearly twice the price you would pay for a locked iPhone in the UK and represents a hefty charge for what amounts for a mere change in code.

This is less expensive than the Eur 999 that German customers are being charged by T-Mobile.

Orange will charge only Eur 399 with for an iPhone airtime contract of 12 months; these include free internet access although VoIP, P2P and using it as a modem are strictly forbidden.

Apple plans to sell between 400,000 and 500,000 phones in the first year, which is certainly possible given the proximity of the German and British markets.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.