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  • How The Telecom Company Free Disrupted The Mobile Landscape In France

    How The Telecom Company Free Disrupted The Mobile Landscape In France

    Imagine a mobile phone plan, such as the one from Free in France, with unlimited talk, unlimited SMS and MMS messages, tethering and, even more important, unlimited data with a speed reduction after 3 GB. Usually for that plan in the U.S., you would pay more than $100 for limited data with a two-year contract. In France, it costs $25 per month (€19.99, sales tax included) and there is no… Read More

  • Vive La France: Orange Bites The NFC Bullet, Plans Nationwide SIM-based Rollout In Home Market

    Vive La France: Orange Bites The NFC Bullet, Plans Nationwide SIM-based Rollout In Home Market

    NFC, the technology that can help turn a mobile handset into an instant, superpower payment device, has been long on promise but largely short on delivery. But today, the France Telecom-owned mobile operator Orange took a step that could see some of that potential realized: it has announced that it will initiate a nationwide deployment of NFC SIM cards across its home market of France… Read More

  • Another European Carrier Goes VC: Orange Partners With Publicis, Iris In $400M Fund

    Another European Carrier Goes VC: Orange Partners With Publicis, Iris In $400M Fund

    Today sees the launch of one more venture capital fund backed by a large European telecoms carrier: Orange, the retail face of France Telecom, is teaming up with the advertising giant Publicis and Iris Capital Management to start OP Ventures Growth, a new $400-million-plus fund to back French and other European technology startups. Orange and Publicis are contributing half of those funds… Read More

  • Meet Intel’s Newest Smartphone, A Low-Cost Device Designed For Orange In Europe

    Meet Intel’s Newest Smartphone, A Low-Cost Device Designed For Orange In Europe

    The next step in Intel’s ambition to become a central player in the mobile ecosystem is dovetailing with mobile carrier Orange’s strategy to grow its line of own-brand smartphones. At MWC, the two are together announcing a new device, code-named “Santa Clara”, that will be Intel’s first handset for the European market, and the most ambitious, own-branded device… Read More

  • Facebook’s Mobile Net Widens As Orange Turns On Access In Africa

    Facebook’s Mobile Net Widens As Orange Turns On Access In Africa

    A significant announcement today that could have a big impact on Facebook and its mobile strategy: the mobile carrier Orange, part of France Telecom, announced that it is rolling out a new service that will let those using even the most low-end mobile phones to access the social network in Africa, where Orange has operations in 20 countries, covering 70 million subscribers. 
The move is… Read More

  • Orange To Bring Sharp 3D Android Phone To Asia And Europe

    Orange To Bring Sharp 3D Android Phone To Asia And Europe

    Is this finally the beginning of Japanese Android phones being made available outside their home market? Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo yesterday announced it has inked a deal with French telco Orange to bring a Sharp Android handset to Asia and Europe. The handset in question is a pretty nice one, the AQUOS PHONE SH80F (pictured), that Sharp introduced (together with Docomo)… Read More

  • Confirmed: Orange acquires 49% of DailyMotion for €59 million, rest to follow

    Rumors have been flying around for the last week about a possible acquisition of DailyMotion, the French-born equivalent of YouTube. And the first half of the 2-part transaction has just been confirmed; Orange will acquire roughly 49% of the company for approximately €59 million (€58.8 million) with the rest to follow shortly. Advent Venture Partners, an investor in DailyMotion since… Read More

  • An American iPhone In Paris

    An American iPhone In Paris

    For the past 10 days, I’ve been in Paris. A few of us were there to cover the LeWeb conference, which was great, but I decided to stick around for a little while longer as I heard the city is amazing. Spoiler alert: it is. But I wasn’t on vacation, I was working. I had all my tech with me — including the best travel computer ever, the new MacBook Air, and even this thing. And… Read More

  • Orange UK tells iPhone 4 buyer delivery was delayed due to 'antenna problems'

    As you’re no doubt aware by now, some iPhone 4 owners have been reporting poor reception and even dropped calls when holding the device by its metal frame, which doubles as the device’s antenna. Now TechCrunch reader Philip Gradwell checks in to tell us that Orange UK has delayed the delivery of the iPhone 4 he had ordered earlier this week because of the antenna… Read More