The IPhone 3GS: €149 in France, Free in the UK
The top-of-the-range 32GB iPhone 3GS will be free for U.K. customers willing to sign a two-year service contract with network operator O2 for
In France, Orange will charge
Germany's T-Mobile will charge
In the U.S., the phones will cost $199 and $299 with a contract.
The French will get their hands on Apple's new phone 14 hours before customers in the U.S., as Orange will open its store on the Champs-Elys
Orange initially had exclusive rights to sell the iPhone in France, but its rivals sued for the right to sell it too, saying the exclusive deal was anticompetitive and hurt consumers by restricting choice. SFR and Bouygues Telecom began selling the iPhone 3G in April, with prices and contract terms similar to those of Orange.
SFR will begin selling the iPhone 3GS on June 24, but has not yet announced a price. Bouygues Telecom, France's third mobile operator, has not yet announced its launch plans.
SFR and Orange are still selling the iPhone 3G 8GB for
To accompany the iPhone 3GS, Orange will introduce a new airtime plan offering four hours of calls and unlimited voicemail, e-mail, text messages, 60 TV channels and Internet access via its 3G network and Wi-Fi hotspots for
The company will also offer a new data service, allowing iPhone owners to use the device as a tethered modem. That service will cost
O2 will offer a similar tethered modem service, at