Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Apple Ordered to End Exclusive Deal With Orange

The French Competition Counsel has ordered Apple to immediately end its exclusive relationship with France Telecom's Orange and allow other local carriers to offer the iPhone to their subscribers, according to an AppleInsider report.

On September 18th, France's third largest mobile operator Bouygues Telecom filed a complaint with the regulator, arguing the deal between Apple and its larger rival violates local freedom of competition and pricing laws.

The ruling handed down this week is reportedly a temporary and precautionary measure while the counsel continues to investigate the merits of Bouygues' claims.

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