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[3]: big sigh
by unclefester on Sun 24th Mar 2013 06:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: big sigh"
unclefester
Member since:
2007-01-13

(a) standard practice. Better clients get better treatment.


Wrong. It is illegal to offer discriminatory pricing (apart from volume discounts) to different customers. By law all carriers should pay the same price for handsets because they would all buy sufficient numbers to qualify for a bulk discount (eg >1,000 handsets).

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RE[4]: big sigh
by jared_wilkes on Sun 24th Mar 2013 17:04 in reply to "RE[3]: big sigh"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

What nonsense! Greater than 1,000 is bulk? That's less than a couple of hours of opening day sales.

Apple's pricing is very similar to what they do with Macs: you are obligated to buy x number of devices at y price. The price is not highly variable but the x number is based on the size of the carriers themselves.

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