Apple signed on Tuesday a contract with Orange, France Telecom’s wireless unit, making the network carrier exclusive distributor of iPhone
in France. Due to a special paragraph in the French law, which forbids the carrier-binding sale of a mobile device, the US company will be forced to offer an unlocked version of its popular phone. That agreement denies all past rumors that Apple’s device would not be released in France because of that peculiarity. The French customers will be able to choose between the locked Orange’s iPhone, costing €399 ($569) and the unlocked version, which price will be announced in November.