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European authorities examining how the Apple iPhone is being sold

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European authorities examining how the Apple iPhone is being sold
According to a published report, documents seen by the Financial Times show that the European Commission is investigating whether Apple is using anti-competitive sales tactics which are pushing rival smartphones out of the European market. A questionnaire sent to European carriers seems to suggest that the Commission is investigating whether Apple's distribution system guarantees that no other phone gives a better deal to the carriers than the iPhone. Mobile operators have been complaining about Apple's actions privately, leading to a preliminary look at the situation.

Ironically, the growing popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S4 might hurt the EC's chances of starting a probe. Before a formal investigation takes place, the EC would have to show that Apple is dominant in the European market, something that is harder to do these days thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S III. The newer model sold over 10 million units globally in less than a month. Apple says that its contracts meet all EU laws.

source: Reuters

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posted on 27 May 2013, 03:51 7

1. wendygarett (unregistered)

'producing' tons of sheeple Apple fans is also part of the anti-competiton behavior too fyi...

posted on 27 May 2013, 03:55 7

2. wendygarett (unregistered)

That why the iConsumer will refuse any product that has no apple logo on the back, and end up those competitor has no choice but to exit the market...

poor debted European...

posted on 27 May 2013, 03:57 2

3. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Can you stop being unctuous? There is a limit.

posted on 27 May 2013, 04:02

4. smallworld (Posts: 503; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Every country has debt.

posted on 27 May 2013, 04:03 4

5. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

Nice comment ex apple fanboy

posted on 27 May 2013, 06:29 1

6. Leo_MC (Posts: 2685; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

In my country One is 20 euro cheaper than iPhone 5, with the same 2 years, 50 euro/month contract.
S4 - which must have been sold - is 10 euro cheaper while S3 is ~200 euros cheaper than ip5.
I live in EU.

posted on 27 May 2013, 08:53

7. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

First why is this news? 2nd the big dumb fruit have NO RIGHT BLOCKING sales against us consumers. If the crappy fruit afraid of loosing their customers make better software n change your hardware that's not hard too do.

posted on 27 May 2013, 09:25

8. Ninetysix (Posts: 2672; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Yo dummy..where did you get blocking and software/hardware changes from?

posted on 27 May 2013, 17:54

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 24924; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I like how he calls apple a big dumb fruit, when they're like the most, or second most valued company lol

posted on 27 May 2013, 10:20 1

9. rdemon (Posts: 50; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

There is nothing Apple can say or their $8.00 an hour Apple blue shirts minions to convince me Apple is the better phone maker. FOH!

posted on 27 May 2013, 12:52

11. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

your obviously new here.....

posted on 27 May 2013, 10:25 1

10. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

This should have been done in 2010 or so

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