France now selling Freedom iPhonesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦for around $1,200
If you live in France and want to buy an iPhone but refuse to sign a long term commitment with the French carrier Orange, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good news today: You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to. A recent government ruling in that country threw a wrench in AppleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll cost you 799 euros ($1,122) for the 8GB version or 899 euros ($1,262) for the 16GB one. And itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not entirely clear if these devices are actually open and free to use on other networks or if you still have to use OrangeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s network but just donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to sign a long-term contract to get one.
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