France Wants Apple to Share iPhone With Other Carriers
Posted 12/18/2008 at 9:24am | by Florence Ion
The French government has informed Apple that it must make the iPhone available to other French carriers. Currently, the 3G device is only offered by Orange, a subsidiary of France Telecom.
Back in September, Orange competitors Bouygues Telecom SA filed a complaint with the Competition Council about the exclusivity of the iPhone. The Council responded saying that the Apple-Orange agreement posed a “serious and immediate threat” to competition with other carriers.
It’s likely it will take a year or more before a decision is released. Both SFR and Bouygues Telecom hope to begin selling the handsets soon.