Orange hits 1 million iPhone sales in France

This just in: Apple has sold one million iPhones.... Despite being one of the first countries outside of the U.S. to offer Apple's handset, it's taken eighteen months for wireless provider Orange to hit the same milestone that .

The iPhone was , though sales were rather lackluster compared to those in the U.S., with . However, the number seems to be more or less on pace with other overseas markets: Apple's partner in the U.K., O2, started selling the iPhone slightly earlier than Orange, and .

Still, that doesn't mean the 1 million mark isn't a in France. Orange has announced that, starting on May 23, it will offer unlimited use of the Orange Roland-Garros iPhone application to iPhone users. The app gives users access to live TV content of the French Open tennis series via Wi-Fi, as well as the daily timetable, results, and match highlights.

Orange may be facing stiffer competition in the near future though, as that ruled against Apple's exclusive deal with the provider. At present, however, Orange remains the only company to offer the handset in the country.