France is Investigating Apple's Contracts With Carriers

France is Investigating Apple's Contracts With Carriers

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France is investing Apple's contract agreements with carriers as part of a probe into the relationships between device makers and cellular network operators, according to the WSJ.

The investigation—run by an administrative body that falls under the French finance ministry—is the latest that looks at Apple's relationship with phone operators, many of whom have chafed under contracts that some European telecom executives say can oblige them to buy large volumes of phones and dictate marketing budgets.

"For operators, handsets have become one of the big expenses," said one of the people familiar with the matter. "There is a balance of power that is shifting."

France has launched other investigation into Apple's business practices. During a 24-hour operation in July, French competition authority 'Autorite de la Concurrence' raided Apple's offices and the offices of its major wholesalers and distributors. It was allegedly looking into whether Apple had engaged in unfair competition against distributors in France that resell its products.

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France is Investigating Apple's Contracts With Carriers
paulMOGG - September 27, 2013 at 10:56am
And also I didn't know in france you could pay the government to end the case tut tut !
paulMOGG - September 27, 2013 at 10:55am
Jennifer French are always complaining about something or think that because they are poor other people trying to do business in france should be poor as well ... I say if you can't afford something then try working harder and make money to buy it, if you want it, and if not then carry on with your life
Jennifer - September 26, 2013 at 8:36pm
France is a pretty active government when it comes to consumer protection. It is not a "whatever you can get away with" mentality like the US. People here get outraged over retail products more than I have seen in America, and they certainly don't like monopolies like US and Canada seem to favour, so I'm sure there will be some dirty work found. However, I'm also sure a company like Apple will just pay money to end the case.
Foggy Bottoms - September 26, 2013 at 11:44am
Ahhh, France. How did such a beautiful country become such a cesspool of humanity? ... sigh
Vincent - September 26, 2013 at 10:58am
paulMOGG is so full of shit ...sigh
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