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Apple Tablet Confirmed by French Carrier Orange

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 19 comments

It wouldn't be Monday without some new rumor about the Apple tablet.

The industry is fairly certain that Apple will launch a tablet later this month. However, details are scant and the blogosphere is in take-anything-you-can-get mode, so hearing a high up executive from Orange France confirmed the tablet's existence, launch and its availability on his network definitely counts for something.

Stéphane Richard morning confirmed the device during an interview with French journalist Jean-Pierre Elkabbach. French blog nowhereelse.fr reports that Elkabbach mentioned the Apple tablet to Richard and Richard told him that yes, the tablet would be available for Orange customers to enjoy.

Via the BBC:

Elkabbach: Selon l'hebdomadaire Le Point, dans quelques jours, votre partenaire Apple va lancer une tablette dotee d'une webcam?
Richard: Oui.
Elkabbach: Est-ce que les usagers d'Orange en beneficieront aussi?
Richard: Bien sur!

Which translates as:

Elkabbach: According to the weekly newspaper Le Point, in a few days your partners at Apple will launch a tablet equipped with a webcam?
Richard: Yes.
Elkabbach: Will Orange customers get to use it?
Richard: Of course!

The news lends weight to previous rumors that say Apple could offer its tablet through Verizon Wireless here in the United States.

Those of you who speak french can watch the full interview with Stéphane Richard here. Skip forward to about 6:00 minutes in for the quotes above.

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    wildwell , January 11, 2010 2:42 PM
    ^^^ Agreed. I'm looking forward to January 27th just to be done with the rumors!!! Somehow though, I keep clicking on them.
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    sunflier , January 11, 2010 2:45 PM
    American: Qui diable est Orange France? Pourquoi dois-je entretenir à propos de Orange France? Qu'est-ce que Orange France. Et, pourquoi est Apple lance le présent en France?
    Apple sucks oranges!!

    Which translates as:
    Who the heck is Orange France? Why do I care about Orange France? What is Orange France. And, Why is Apple launching this in France?
    Apple sucks oranges!!
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    xtc28 , January 11, 2010 2:46 PM
    I want it now! wow wow wow!!!
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    Vestin , January 11, 2010 2:57 PM
    I always thought "apples to oranges" was "doing it wrong"...
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    aracheb , January 11, 2010 3:00 PM
    sunflierAmerican: Qui diable est Orange France? Pourquoi dois-je entretenir à propos de Orange France? Qu'est-ce que Orange France. Et, pourquoi est Apple lance le présent en France?Apple sucks oranges!!Which translates as:Who the heck is Orange France? Why do I care about Orange France? What is Orange France. And, Why is Apple launching this in France?Apple sucks oranges!!


    Well Orange France is no more than "France telecom" and they own somewhat from 37 to 65 % of your beloved t-mobile right now.. recently they merged with deutche telekom. So if it gonna be available for france telekom (GSM) i doubt it will available for At&t
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    mfarrukh , January 11, 2010 3:02 PM
    Can't wait
    Can't wait
    Can't wait
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    zak_mckraken , January 11, 2010 3:04 PM
    @sunflier : Google translation fail.
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    cknobman , January 11, 2010 3:07 PM
    Why the f_ck are all the rumored tablets being tied to wireless carriers? Cant we just have a tablet without attempting to suck us into an overpriced, slow, contractual obligated agreement to some greedy sh_thole wireless carrier?
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    Honis , January 11, 2010 3:08 PM
    I'm looking forward to the release just so that these damn "Someone sneezed and it sounded like tablet" rumor articles will go way (I'm sure the "omg new app!" will fill the gap though).
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    huron , January 11, 2010 4:30 PM
    I agree cknobman - I realize the carriers want to get them to us "cheap" and pay for the subsidized units through high data fees, but what about people that don't need 3G access and just want it to replace laptop/e-reader, etc?

    I'm looking forward to this because I think it could be interesting, but just as much so I don't have to keep hearing the news rumors about it.
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    Abrahm , January 11, 2010 4:39 PM
    The media gets giddy with excitement at another Apple Tablet rumor to report.... Normal consumers still don't care.
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    Herbert_HA , January 11, 2010 4:46 PM
    Getting tired of Tom's... seems like it became a gossip site. As much as I like to read news of new gadgets, there is a limit of how much you can squeeze the rumors into something interesting and it seems to me Tom's is doing this extensively, not only with this tablet.
    Since the site was acquired by the Media Group, I feel a sensible decline in depth and relevance of the news here and being a long-time reader, I feel sad for that fact. I hope you guys start picking it up, stop the teenage manner you've been writing and give the tech-hungry of us real news and insights instead of just rumors and gossip.
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    back_by_demand , January 11, 2010 5:12 PM
    I wonder how much Apple is going to fine this guy for breaking the NDA...
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    Railgun1369 , January 11, 2010 6:48 PM
    Well, that's a little presumptuous. No guarantee that there's an NDA with a carrier regarding a specific new product or that prevents him from saying such a thing. I think the CEO of a company would be smart enough for that.
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    doc70 , January 11, 2010 6:55 PM
    mfarrukhCan't waitCan't waitCan't wait

    can wait
    can wait
    can wait...
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    zak_mckraken , January 11, 2010 7:10 PM
    Why do people mark me down? The traduction is not good. It should not read :

    Qui diable est Orange France? Pourquoi dois-je entretenir à propos de Orange France? Qu'est-ce que Orange France. Et, pourquoi est Apple lance le présent en France?

    but:

    Qui diable est Orange France? Pourquoi devrais-je m'en faire pour Orange France? Qu'est-ce que Orange France. Et pourquoi est-ce qu'Apple lance ceci en France?

    I know it was just an attempt at humour, but still. You guys usually make such a big deal out of spelling...
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    back_by_demand , January 11, 2010 8:23 PM
    zak_mckrakenWhy do people mark me down? The traduction is not good. It should not read :Qui diable est Orange France? Pourquoi dois-je entretenir à propos de Orange France? Qu'est-ce que Orange France. Et, pourquoi est Apple lance le présent en France?but:Qui diable est Orange France? Pourquoi devrais-je m'en faire pour Orange France? Qu'est-ce que Orange France. Et pourquoi est-ce qu'Apple lance ceci en France?I know it was just an attempt at humour, but still. You guys usually make such a big deal out of spelling...

    They can't help it, having a stick up their ass doesn't help. You should occasionally drop in a delibreate speeling eroor now and then just to taunt them. Almost as fun as grammar nazi's who insist on calling it grammer...
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    rantoc , January 12, 2010 12:16 PM
    Doubt many cares, bet the tablet will be overpriced, forced carrier and bet titles will be available from only one forced store... Do you like pay fully for a product that is so severly limited in the way of greed ?

    Well - I dont!
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    iphone 4g , January 27, 2010 6:35 PM
    I've seen the new ipad hope its durable.