European authorities examining how the Apple iPhone is being sold

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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11 Comments

1. wendygarett unregistered

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

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...

3. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Can you stop being unctuous? There is a limit.

4. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Every country has debt.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Nice comment ex apple fanboy

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.

8. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

9. rdemon

Posts: 50; Member since: Aug 23, 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!

11. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

your obviously new here.....

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

This should have been done in 2010 or so

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