Apple under spotlight as Europe probes carriers for evidence of unfair iPhone sales tactics


The European Commission is scrutinizing Apple’s iPhone sales practices to find out whether the company is unfairly squeezing out competitors, according to the Financial Times. While no formal antitrust probe has been opened, the FT saw a questionnaire sent to several European carriers asking if Apple imposes restrictions such as a minimum number of phones ordered, or a guarantee that the company will never get less favorable subsidies and sales terms than other hardware manufacturers.

The nine-page questionnaire also asks whether Apple is using technical restrictions to limit the iPhone 5’s compatibility with 4G networks, said the FT. “There are also indications that certain technical functions are disabled on certain Apple products in…

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