Orange has sold nearly 30,000 iPhones since the unit went on sale in France last week, says Reuters. This means that the early pace in France is less than one-tenth that in the U.S., where Apple sold 270,000 in the first weekend. The French cell market, meanwhile, is about 1/5th the size of the U.S. market: 45 million subs vs. 213 million.
Orange is selling an unlocked iPhone for 649 Euros, with another 100 Euro charge if another operator is used. It expects to add 400,000-600,000 iPhone users in the first year. The European cell market is considerably different than the US market, which could limit iPhone sales relative to the U.S.
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