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[2]: big sigh
by WorknMan on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 23:10 UTC in reply to "RE: big sigh"
WorknMan
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(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.


These are rather vague accusations ... kind of hard to comment on them without knowing what the actual disputed terms are.

I'm guessing it's not about letting carriers load the iPhone down with crapware though. I'm a strong believer in letting manufacturers dictate to carriers/OEMs what can and cannot be included with the default setup; we see what happened to Android and Windows when manufacturers lose this ability. End users end up with all kinds of shit on their devices, some of which cannot be removed.

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