figure 1: Apple and Orange?

It was widely expected that Apple would have some happy things to say about the iPhone and French mobile operator Orange last week at Apple Expo Paris. But, the expo came and went without any sort of iPhone news whatsoever. It looks like we may now know the reason why.


p> Apple may have problems with a French law that

"would require the iPhone to be sold both with and without contracts, undermining its exclusivity for Orange and Apple's demand of up to 30 per cent of voice and data revenues"

Clearly, the only option here is to not sell the iPhone at all and wait for the law to change. Instead of charging the no-contract folks an extra $150 or €150 or whatever and skip the revenue sharing. Doing that would require weeks upon weeks of delays. It's practically not worth it at that point. Why even bother? [via]