Get Better Gear!

Premier Sponsors

TechRestore

Other World Computing

Top 5 Free Apps

Release Date: August 05, 2009
Genre: Games
Release Date: May 22, 2009
Genre: Games
Release Date: August 29, 2009
Genre: Games
Release Date: March 27, 2009
Release Date: August 07, 2009

iTunes New Music Releases

Release Date: September 29, 2009
Genre: Rock
Release Date: September 20, 2009
Release Date: September 15, 2009
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Genre: Rock
Release Date: August 25, 2009

Top 5 Paid Apps

Release Date: April 22, 2009
StickWars $0.99
Release Date: March 31, 2009
Genre: Games
Bloons $0.99
Release Date: April 05, 2009
Genre: Games

Discover New Music

  • Supermodified

    • 10 out of 10
    • Amon Tobin
    • The genius is in the beats. Amon Tobin creates fantastic, groovy beats behind beats. "Supermodified" rolls through your expectations of breakbeat music, and turns them up a bit. It's a mellow album, p
  • Velocifero

    • 6 out of 10
    • Ladytron
    • "Back to the future" isn't the right turn of phrase for Ladytron's newest album,

  • The Life Pursuit

    • 8 out of 10
    • Belle & Sebastian
    • The Life Pursuit is a sort of Reeses Peanut Butter Cup. You get Belle & Sebastian's peanut butter (its wistful, often irresistible pop) dipped in a 'Have A Nice Day!' and glam 70s chocol

  • King James Version

    • 4 out of 10
    • Harvey Danger
    • The sophomore effort from Harvey Danger, I was really looking forward to this followup to "Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?" Unfortunately, "King James Version" failed to deliver any of the bri

  • Suspended Animation

    • 8 out of 10
    • Fantomas
    • Mike Patton may well be one of the hardest working men in showbiz these days, and his latest with Fantômas underscores just about how far out he is willing to travel.

      Suspended Animation

Reader Specials

Visit Deals On The Web for the best deals on all consumer electronics, iPods, and more!

iPhone

French Regulators Rule that iPhone Must Be Available to All Carriers

Regulators in France issued a ruling Wednesday that Apple must end its exclusive distribution deal with French cell carrier Orange, and make the iPhone available through other carriers in the Gallic state. The ruling is effectively more of a temporary injunction while the Competition Council further examines a complaint made by, Bouygues Telecom, a company not doing business with Apple.

Though it may seem like something reminiscent of Atlas Shrugged, the ruling effectively forces Apple to allow any and all comers -- in this case Bouygues and SFR -- to sell and carry the iPhone, whether or not the company finds that the operator meets whatever criterium the company had established. The ruling goes into effect on Thursday, just in the nick of holiday-spending time.

The Washington Post reported that Orange's parent company France Telecom has publicly complained that the ruling will, "undermine Orange's efforts to develop high-speed mobile services in France." The company also accused Bouygues waiting until the last moments of the holiday buying season to ask for the measure, as the appeal France Telecom is filing will take some time to complete.

Apple began selling the original iPhone with exclusive deals in all of its markets, as the company was looking for royalty kickbacks from the monthly plans from its partners. Because the company was selling the iPhone at a loss at the retail level, the company saw the exclusivity deals as essential to turning a profit on the device.

As more than one European country ruled that Apple and those partners had to also offer the phone in an unlocked version -- something France had already done -- Apple moved to a more traditional subsidy-based arrangement for the iPhone 3G. The retail price of each iPhone started at US$199, with the carrier getting the contract supplying as much as another $400 to Apple.

On its face, the ruling from the Competition Council won't threaten that model. Apple might have to allow Bouygues and SFR to resell its iPhone, but those companies would still have to pay Apple the same sort of subsidies paid by Orange. What it doesn't do, however, is address such issues as Apple's performance claims for the iPhone in France, claims based on the infrastructure of Orange, on competing networks that may not have the same capacities.

Post Your Comments

  Remember Me  Forgot your password?

Not a member? Register now. You can post comments without logging in, but they'll show up as a "guest" post.

Commenting is not available in this section entry.