Orange Loses iPhone Exclusivity In France
Wireless carrier Orange Telecom has officially lost their exclusivity as the only iPhone 3G carrier in France. A court has ordered Apple to allow other carriers to carry the iPhone 3G in the country. The ruling was the result of a complaint filed in September by Orange France rival Bouygues Telecom SA, the third largest carrier in the country.
The regulator posted a statement concerning Apple’s arrangement with Orange Telecom, saying that it posed a “serious and immediate threat” to competition among carriers in the country and increased costs for users wanting to switch services.
Orange says they will appeal the decision, adding that the ruling put France in a “radically different” situation than Germany, the U.S., Britain and Spain.