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France Unlocks the iPhone

8:50 AM -- Sacrebleu! Orange France will have to sell unlocked iPhones so they can be used on other mobile operators' networks.

That's because in France it is illegal to tie a mobile device to one network operator. A Orange (NYSE: FTE) spokeswoman tells Unstrung that operators cannot have bundled device offers. So, the famous phones will be sold in Orange shops, but not all of them will have Orange as the operator.

That will certainly take some of the fun away from French mobile geeks who wanted to try and unlock the device. And how will Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) extract its notorious revenue share from those other operators? (See Apple: Don't Unlock the iPhone, iPhone, Oh La La, and iPhone Déjà Vu.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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