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Japan watchdog: Apple may have breached antitrust rules with iPhone

In order to make up for the losses, they locked consumers into lucrative two- and four-year contracts, the watchdog said

Reuters  |  Tokyo 

Japanese regulators said on Wednesday Apple Inc may have breached antitrust rules by forcing mobile service providers to sell its iPhones cheaply and charge higher monthly fees, denying consumers a fair choice. The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said that the Japanese unit of Apple had forced NTT Docomo Inc , KDDI Corp and SoftBank Group Corp to offer subsidies and sell iPhones at a discount. "Obliging carriers to offer subsidies (for iPhones) could have prevented the carriers from offering lower monthly charges and restricted competition," the FTC said in a ...

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 20:55 IST