L'unlocked iPhones across the Channel

The French press agency, AFP, has confirmed that Apple and Orange have finally agreed the details of the deal to sell the iPhone in France from 29 Nov

The French press agency, AFP, has confirmed that Apple and Orange have finally agreed the details of the deal to sell the iPhone in France from 29 November.France was conspicuously absent from the round of iPhone announcements both here and in Germany and although Orange had effectively confirmed the deal, Apple had remained silent until now.The reason for the delay? Complex French laws against operator exclusive handset deals that mean the French iPhone will also have to be sold unlocked, or 'nu' (naked) as they say en français – ooh la la. Apple's lawyers have now seemingly decided there's no way round it.There's no word yet on how much the officially unlocked version will be (the Orange locked phone is  €400) or whether it will be available on the November launch day. French law stipulates it has to be within six months, which would put unlocked iPhone day as 29 May 2008 at the latest.But before you book your ferry tickets, there could be a sting in the tail. Word is Apple will be disabling all languages but French. Still, you've got six months to learn.EssentialsContact: AppleRelated stories:Penalty-free iPhone upgrades – for someApple iPhone hits the UK on 9 NovemberThe Stuff guide to the iPhone