EU Probes Apple Over Anti-Competitive iPhone Sales Tactics

EU Probes Apple Over Anti-Competitive iPhone Sales Tactics

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The European Commission is investigating whether Apple is muscling out rival smartphone manufacturers with anti-competitive sales tactics and technical restrictions on the iPhone, reports the Financial Times.

According to a questionnaire sent last week to several EU mobile network operators, the European Commission’s probe is focusing on distribution terms that might favour Apple by ensuring no rival can secure a better sales deal.

The inquiry is still in the preliminary stages and won't continue further unless the commission is sure that Apple is dominant in the European smartphone market. Although this may not be the case, the commission has sent a nine page questionnaire to telecoms asking questions about Apple's sales practices.

The commission wants to know if Apple forces a minimum purchase quantity, restricts the use of marketing budges, requires the best subsidies and sales terms, or restricts use of the iPhone 5 on high-speed 4G networks.

“The Commission has information indicating that Apple and Mobile Network Operators (“MNOs”) have concluded distribution agreements which may potentially lead to the foreclosure of other smartphone manufacturers from the markets,” says the questionnaire. “There are also indications that certain technical functions are disabled on certain Apple products in certain countries in the EU/EEA. If the existence of such behaviour were to be confirmed, it might constitute an infringement of [antitrust law]”.

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EU Probes Apple Over Anti-Competitive iPhone Sales Tactics
bill - May 29, 2013 at 8:33am
Now we know where our tax dollars are going. "Because of the potential problem of a select few telekoms that MAY perhaps favor one producer of phones, and the way the phone is put together MIGHT be differient, and one company might POSSIBLY have better sales tactics that POTENTIALLY may influence sales, WE WILL WASTE four million euros investigating the POSSIBLITY of a problem. Ok, now i know why stuff is so expensive in Europe! bill
teddykupa - May 27, 2013 at 5:09pm
thank God for EU ! So much countless time effort people have to spend to convert every file cause it is in some stupid format "invented" by cupertino "geniuses" preventing use on other devices. FBI so well defined fanboy's guru
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