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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This issue has arisen (as an anti-trust concern) because carriers believe they MUST be able to sell the iPhone to remain competitive and they don't like the terms Apple requires of them, especially the smaller carriers apparently.

"Carriers are petrified at the thought of not having the smartphone because it remains a huge hit with the public, driving waves of customers to their stores, especially in the months after the latest models are introduced and heavily advertised."

Apple obviously has this level of control in the US market but I always though it was much weaker in Europe.


PS. Why can't I block quote text from an article?

I don't know what is happening in the EU but you can buy an iPhone either directly from Apple via their store or through Telecom or Vodafone then use it on either Telecom, 2 Degrees or Vodafone. 2 Degrees isn't an official reseller for Apple and yet people go out and buy an iPhone off contract (many times the retailer offering 12 months interest free if you can't afford it all up front at once). Assuming that such availability exists in the EU I can't work out why there is this push for anti-trust against Apple when in reality it is badly run carriers whining with dumb customers too lazy to actually shop around for the best deal - yes, you can buy phones from retail stores and choose your carrier.

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