European network operators complain about Apple’s unfair iPhone contracts

March 25 | Posted by geoff | Network News Tags: , , , , , ,

It seems European network operators have complained to the European Union about apple’s unfair iPhone contracts.iphone5

The report comes from the New York Times. It reports, “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.”

The European Commission’s spokesperson, Antoine Colombani, said in a statement, “We have been contacted by industry participants and we are monitoring the situation, but no antitrust case has been opened.”

Natalie Kerris, an Apple spokesperson, said, “Our contracts fully comply with local laws wherever we do business, including the E.U.”

If these anonymous European network operators’ claims are true, it looks like Apple is facing an antitrust case.

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One Response to “European network operators complain about Apple’s unfair iPhone contracts”

  1. Gwynfryn says:

    I don’t know for sure about Apple, but recall the MS anti trust farce; no they can’t force vendors to supply all their PCs with WINXX (“but if you don’t, we won’t sell you any software at all…”) but in practical terms, we in Europe still have to buy MS software whether we want to or not (and please spare me this “it’s free” nonsense)! If all the Commission does is check that Apple complie with the letter of the law, then nothing will change.

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