Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 11:08 UTC
Apple "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." Well paint me red and call me a girl scout.
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RE: big sigh
by oskeladden on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 18:19 UTC in reply to "big sigh"
oskeladden
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As the article says, it is not about carriers. It's about competitors. There seem to be three allegations:

(a) Apple's contracts with (at least some) smaller carriers are on terms that are more onerous than their contracts with larger companies.

(b) These terms are unusually strict (presumably, in comparison with industry practice). They do not apply to the US.

(c) The effect of the terms is to make it difficult for other handset makers to compete.

The last is, of course, key. Using your market power to impose terms that restrict your counterparties from dealing with your competitors is a textbook definition of an anticompetitive practice. If the allegations are true, there probably is a case to answer.

Edited 2013-03-22 18:21 UTC

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