Orange clinches deal to sell iPhone in France

France Telecom became the latest European operator to announce it has clinched a deal with Apple  to sell the million-selling iPhone, marketing it via its wireless arm Orange, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report said the iPhone will go on sale in France in November, France Telecom CEO Didier Lombard announced during a conference in Hanoi, according to Orange spokeswoman Beatrice Mandrine.

The announcement came after Apple CEO Steve Jobs visited Britain and Germany to unveil agreements with mobile operator O2 and Deutsche Telekom, the report said.

The iPhone will go on sale in both countries in November, in time for the holiday season, the report added.

Apple said last week that it had sold 1 million iPhones in the US in the first 74 days it was on sale, shortly after slashing the price by a third.

The iPhone debuted in the US on June 29, with service exclusively through AT&T.

Rumors have been circulating that Spain's Telefonica, the parent of O2, will offer the device in Spain. The company has not confirmed talks with Apple.

France Telecom is hoping the popular iPhone will raise sales, boosting its share of the cell phone market.

Orange declined to say how much the phone will cost in France, the report futher said.

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