iPhone expands its empire, once again

Apple adds another clump of countries to its suddenly accelerating list of places where the iPhone will soon be available.

Orange, France Telecom's mobile provider, will whisk the iPhone into at least 10 more European, Middle Eastern, and African countries.

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The iPhone is becoming quite the world traveler.

The deal with Apple, announced Friday, will bring the popular device later this year into Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Portugal, Egypt, and Jordan, as well as into unspecified countries in Africa and--back on the home side of the Atlantic--the Dominican Republic.

Until recently the iPhone has been available in just a handful of countries outside the U.S., including the U.K., France, Germany, and Ireland.

But announcement after announcement of foreign outreach keep popping up. Since late April, the list of target countries has frenetically expanded to include Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India, the Philippines, South Africa, Greece, Turkey, Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico.

No doubt, that list is incomplete.

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