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Orange To Sell iPhone 3G For €149 In France

France Telecom's Orange said it will launch Apple's iPhone 3G in France on July 17th with prices starting at €149 ($233) for the 8GB model. The 16GB iPhone will cost €199 ($312).

Both handsets require that subscribers sign up to one of its existing “Orange for iPhone” plans, or its Origami Star (from 3 hours), First or Jet plans.

Orange also added that with other plans (excluding time-cutoff and pay-as-you-go) the 8GB iPhone will sell for €199 and the 16GB for €249. For example, customers can get the 8GB model for €199 with a one-hour Origami Star plan that costs €32 and offers up to 500MB of monthly internet access.

As part of the carrier's "Change your mobile" promotion, those who have bought an iPhone prior to June 12th with will be able to get the 3G iPhone for €99 with a €100 refund valid until October 31st 2008. Of course this offer implies a 24 month contract too. Business clients will also be eligible for the "Change your mobile" offer.

"Orange for iPhone" plans (below) start at €49 per month for a plan that includes 2 hours of normal talk time, 2 hours of late evening and weekend minutes, and 50 SMS text messages. The most expensive plan is priced at €149 and includes 12 hours of normal talk time, 12 hours of nights and weekends, and 1000 SMS messages. All "Orange for iPhone" plans include Visual Voicemail and up to 500MB of monthly data usage.

Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world's leading telecommunications operators.

France Telecom serves more than 172 million customers in five continents as of March 31, 2008, of which two thirds are Orange customers. The group had consolidated sales of €52.9 billionin 2007 (€13 billion as of March 31, 2008). As of March 31, 2008 the group had 111.9 million mobile customers and 12 million broadband internet (ADSL) customers.