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iPhone, Oh La La

5:30 PM -- It's offical: The next stop for the iPhone will be with Orange France . The Gallic operator's deal was confirmed by parent company Orange (NYSE: FTE) CEO Didier Lombard during a conference in Hanoi, of all places.

With this announcement I suspect we're over the hump of the European iPhone media frenzy. You have to say, however, that Jobs and Co. have been masterful in extracting the maximum publicity from essentially promoting exactly the same thing in three different countries! (See iPhone Invades UK and iPhone Goes to Germany.)

Everyone -- Unstrung included -- has been all over the announcements, from the toniest of the broadsheets to the fringiest tech blog. Another nice blast of free publicity for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL).

Next stop is likely the Asian market. Will Apple be able to pull off the revenue sharing deals it has apparently scored in the U.S. and Europe there as well, I wonder? (See Peeling Back Apple's iPhone Revenue.) — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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