Linked by Kroc Camen on Wed 17th Dec 2008 19:32 UTC, submitted by risbac
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The French competition council has ordered the iPhone be opened up to other French carriers (Google-translated), breaking the exclusivity deal with Orange (France Telecom). The complaint was filed by France's third largest operator Bouygues Telecom who said that the deal violated local competition laws. Though the ruling [fr] is temporary whilst the issue is investigated further, the ruling did state that the arrangement reduced the effects of price competition, network quality and customer service.
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RE[8]: Far too late
by spiderman on Fri 19th Dec 2008 21:14 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Far too late"
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I don't know what accounting trick they use, but their report says they made $7.464b for Q3 2008, of which $419M are from iPhones and related products and services.
I find it hard to believe they made 4.6 billions dollars out of iphones in Q3 2008. They would have had to sell 8 millions iphones or so in Q3 to reach that number and iphones would have to make more than half their revenue, meaning they would have sold more iphones than ipods and computers (portable and desktop) plus itunes combined... Their report says they sold 717 000 iPhones.
Is there something I'm missing, a nasty accounting trick perhaps?

Edited 2008-12-19 21:16 UTC

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