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  • SFR to offer iPhone 3G in France as well! Sorry ORANGE...


    Awhile back Apple was ordered to dissolve it's exclusivity contract with ORANGE in France, as it was seen as a threat to the French anti-competition law by the Conseil de la concurrence. Now, the second biggest French carrier SFR with a subscriber base of 1,90,000 customers is ready to offer iPhone beginning April 8.

    The company plans to sell the 8GB version for 99 ($127) and 16GB iPhones for 199 ($254) with a usual 2-year contract. Plans range from 41.90 to 67.90 per month for the voice options and each of the plan has unlimited data, text and Wi-Fi as well!

    To be notified of the release, the customers can signup at their site. This is going to be a great news for those 1,90,000 users and many others. Other companies currently have no say on when are they going to offer the phone but it seems that they'll follow soon.

    [Ars Technica]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: SFR to offer iPhone 3G in France as well! Sorry ORANGE... started by sayam View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Matt27272's Avatar
      Matt27272 -
      What does it mean when it says that plan includes Wifi?
    1. khaled_cs's Avatar
      khaled_cs -
      only 190,000 users?
      do u mean 1,900,000?
    1. OGlockk's Avatar
      OGlockk -
      Dang i wish the 8g was that cheap in America
    1. royalnewjersey's Avatar
      royalnewjersey -
      First, I don't think 1,90,000 is a real number...

      Second, why is the iPhone cheaper over there? (even after unit conversion)
    1. xxhorseriderxxx's Avatar
      xxhorseriderxxx -
      Quote Originally Posted by royalnewjersey View Post
      First, I don't think 1,90,000 is a real number...

      Second, why is the iPhone cheaper over there? (even after unit conversion)
      globally speakin', Americans are more than happy to pay the extra money =\
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by royalnewjersey View Post
      First, I don't think 1,90,000 is a real number...
      yes it is, that's 190 000 regardless of the commas.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Matt27272 View Post
      What does it mean when it says that plan includes Wifi?
      Presumably the same as O2 here in the UK. There are very few free WiFi spots in the UK but lots of paid for ones. If you have the O2 Data plan with WiFi (10 as opposed to 7.50 without WiFi) you don't have to pay extra to access the points that you otherwise would.

      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      yes it is, that's 190 000 regardless of the commas.
      Except SFR's total customer base is 18.766 million


      Quote Originally Posted by royalnewjersey View Post
      Second, why is the iPhone cheaper over there? (even after unit conversion)
      It's pretty similar to UK pricing - except in the UK it gets cheaper on more expensive monthly price plans and in the UK it's 'only' 18 month contracts (a couple of years ago all contracts were 12 months in the UK, now most are 18 months).
      One of the reasons phones are cheaper in the UK/EU is standards. All providers use GSM/UMTS on 900/1800 for GSM and 2100 for UMTS. One phone can be made and sold throughout Europe (and other parts of the world) without modification.
      In the US only AT&T use similar standards - T-Mob do for GSM but not UMTS so with the fragmentation you lose both the economies of scale and competition.
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      who cares about the french. i think for lunch i will order some freedom fries.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by s4mb4 View Post
      who cares about the french. i think for lunch i will order some freedom fries.
      Only Americans could be so insular and condemn whole nations like that.




      Besides, we know they are called chips
    1. dale1v's Avatar
      dale1v -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Except SFR's total customer base is 18.766 million
      I was talking in a literal sense
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by dale1v View Post
      I was talking in a literal sense
      Whereas I very rarely talk any sense