It looks like European phone networks are complaining to the European Union of Apple’s uncompetitive iPhone contracts.
The news comes to us courtesy of the New York Times. The news site says, “European Union regulators are examining the contracts Apple strikes with cellphone carriers that sell its iPhone for possible antitrust violations after several carriers complained that the deals throttled competition.
“Although they have not filed formal complaints, a group of European wireless carriers recently submitted information about their contracts with Apple to the European Commission, according to a person briefed on the communications with the carriers who asked not to be identified.
“This person said the accusations focused on Apple’s contracts with French carriers, though other countries may also be involved.”
Antoine Colombani, a European Commission spokesperson, said in a statement, “We have been contacted by industry participants and we are monitoring the situation, but no antitrust case has been opened.”
Apple spokesperson, Natalie Kerris, responded to these allegations by saying, “Our contracts fully comply with local laws wherever we do business, including the E.U.”
If evidence is found of Apple’s alleged unfair iPhone contracts, we may be looking at an antitrust case filed against Apple.
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