Apple and Orange could have reached an agreement for the distribution of the iPhone in France
Apple and Orange could have reached a definitive agreement for the distribution of Apple’s phone in France after having ironed out all the rough edges in an agreement that could be the effective template for similar agreements in European countries where the blocking of mobile phones is prohibited, which was one of the problems that Apple had encountered when it came to distributing the iPhone in France. This framework agreement could be extended to other areas of the European Community in similar circumstances.
In the supposed final agreements between the two companies, Orange could have convinced Apple to apply a discount to the subscription system for the iPhone that Apple applies in its negotiations to prevent users from buying an iPhone and using it with other companies. To compensate for this discount, Orange would pre-purchase a large number of such phones and give Apple a substantial advance on the subscription plan that users would adopt. Orange for its part agrees not to modify the iPhone.
On the part of Apple, the Cupertino company would agree to reduce the amount of the subscription to a reasonable level and would have accepted that by law the iPhone could be unlocked after 6 months after the introduction in the French market, giving time to a possible review of the terminal which would give exclusivity to the Orange and Apple deal during this time.
Source: Hard Mac