France now selling Freedom iPhones…for around $1,200

by admin December 29, 2008 at 10:00 pm

If you live in France and want to buy an iPhone but refuse to sign a long term commitment with the French carrier Orange, there’s good news today: You don’t have to. A recent government ruling in that country threw a wrench in Apple’s exclusive deal with Orange to sell the device, and the French store Fnac is taking advantage of that ruling by selling the phone online without a contract, as MacNN points out.

The problem is, it’ll cost you 799 euros ($1,122) for the 8GB version or 899 euros ($1,262) for the 16GB one. And it’s not entirely clear if these devices are actually open and free to use on other networks or if you still have to use Orange’s network but just don’t have to sign a long-term contract to get one.

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