Um, ok. Go figure. Not surprisingly, European Union’s competition regulator are examining at Apple’s iPhone deals with the continent’s cellphone carriers, after receiving several informal complaints that the agreements may violate competition rules.
Citing a person familiar with the matter, The New York Times reports thet a group of European wireless carriers submitted information about their iPhone contracts with Apple to the European Commission, although they have not filed formal complaints, but the source claims the Commission is focusing on Apple’s contracts with French carriers.
The office of the EC’s competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia has confirmed it is “monitoring the situation” surrounding Apple’s carrier contracts, signalling it is treating seriously complaints from several carriers.
“We have been contacted by industry participants and we are monitoring the situation, but no antitrust case has been opened,” said Antoine Colombani, a spokesman for the commissioner told the newspaper.
It was unclear how many carriers were in discussions with the EU. Based on several interviews with people briefed on iPhone contracts, it appears that Apple’s contracts with some smaller European carriers were stricter than those with larger companies.DON'T MISS: Hit List
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