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Orange: iPhones in Africa and the Middle East

The list of countries where iPhone will be sold is further extended. To extend the range of action of the Apple phone a new agreement announced this morning by Orange.

The French operator that already sells iPhones in France has made it known that it has been chosen to support the mobile phone in Austria, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and its African markets which are: Costa Ivory, Camerum, Botswana, Senegal, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Mali.

The announcement signifies a further extension of the multi-operator policy: iPhone is in fact already sold in Austria (T-Mobile), while in Egypt, Portugal, Switzerland the phone will arrive via Vodafone and Swisscom.

One of the most interesting aspects that Orange in some of these countries is the main operator with several million customers: in Egypt (where present with the Mobilnil brand) it has 15 million lines, in Poland 13.5, Romania 10 million, Slovakia 2, 7 million.

It should be noted that at this point among the European countries the Nordic nations, countries with a high level of density as regards mobile telephony, and the relevant Spain continue to be lacking. The absence from Spain is particularly curious given that n Vodafone n Orange, also present with their networks and among Apple's partners, have announced the availability for that market which with its almost 48 million lines is one of the most important in Europe. The main Spanish operator Telefonica (which operates with the Movil brand) which on paper would be a strategic partner if we consider not only the business in the Iberian peninsula, but also the South American markets where present in force and where for now Apple has a pact with America Movil.

It is perhaps worth mentioning that Telefonica also has a significant share of shares in Telecom which will sell iPhones in Italy.