Orange France sells 250,000 Unik GSM/Wi-Fi phones

Monday 18 June 2007 | 09:15 CET | News
Orange France is said to be ahead of its projections for sales of the Unik Wi-Fi/GSM phone, having sold 250,000 units since launch, according to company CEO Noel Tronc. Les Echos reports that the previous target, set in June, was 200,000 units. Nokia was the top seller in April among four Unik models now on the market. The acquisition pace has quickened since the start of April, he added. Orange is selling 2,000 Unik phones per day in France, at between EUR 9 and EUR 79. Only 60 percent of owners have activated the fixed-wireless convergence function, which means they pay an additional EUR 10 per month for unlimited calls to fixed phones from home and/or EUR 22 per month for unlimited calls to 23 million Orange mobile numbers. The service works with subscription to a Livebox home gateway. Over half were previous Orange mobile or ADSL customers. Orange announced the availability of 30,000 Wi-Fi hotspots, allowing customers to use Unik handsets for unlimited IP calls when subscribers are away from home, at cafes, hotels, train stations, airports, etc. More handsets are being added, including a Blackberry in July, to offer eight Unik-enabled models by the end of the year.

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