A "Davos virgin" speculates about the World Economic Forum.
I head to Europe this week to attend the World Economic Forum annual meeting, better known by the name of Swiss town in which it is held, Davos. I am a Davos virgin, so I intend to see the conference through the eyes of the newcomer that I am and to drink up its global celebrities, big thinkers and attendant hangers on (read: journalists, consultants, and so on).
Upon informing a Wall Street source that I'm embarking on my first Davos voyage, she remarked: "I would love to hear all about Davos – how much of it is forwarding policy goals -- and how much of it is socializing." Any conference of almost any size is by definition some mixture of windbaggery and substance. (I sincerely hope the conference that I will co-chair in July, Fortune Brainstorm Tech, will have more of the latter and less of the former.) By reputation, Davos appears to be exemplary at both, with extra dollops of earnestness.
The luggage tags the conference organizers sent me ahead of time read: "World Economic Forum: Committed to improving the state of the world." More
Napoleon would be proud.
France Telecom's wireless subsidiary Orange laid out expansion plans on Friday that will extend its iPhone market beyond France's borders and into Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. The news came a one-sentence press release:
"Orange today announced a new agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone to Orange customers in Austria, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Jordan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland and Orange's African MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 16, 2008 8:29 AM ET
[UPDATE: Below the fold, CdnPhoto's latest version of the map, with Spain and Poland removed because they are still at the rumor stage.]
Like many Apple (AAPL) watchers, the investors at IMO's Apple Finance Forum have been closely following this week's flurry of announcements of iPhone deals with carriers around the world. One of the contributors to the forum -- a regular from Toronto who posts as CdnPhoto -- has MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 9, 2008 9:09 AM ET
The British and the Germans queued up dutifully for their Apple (AAPL) iPhones, but when the devices finally arrived in Paris last week, the French went nuts.
On day one, France Telecom's Orange division sold 12,000 iPhones, according to Metro International, easily beating T-Mobile's first-day sales in Germany, a country with one third more people (82 million vs. 61 million) and 50 percent more Internet users (52 million vs. 34 million) MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 5, 2007 9:54 AM ET
Apple's (AAPL) iPhone goes on sale in France late tonight at select Orange boutiques at prices that look very different from those charged in the U.S. ($399), the U.K. (289 pounds) or Germany (399 euros locked, 999 euros unlocked).
France Telecom, which owns Orange, knew even before it signed its exclusive deal with Apple that it was going to be required to offer customers the option of buying the iPhone with MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 28, 2007 8:19 AM ET
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