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Europe investigates Apple's iPhone tactics: FT

Published on May 27, 2013 10:59 AM
 
 A passenger stands and uses his Apple Inc. iPhone mobile device while travelling inside a subway carriage in the city metro in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The European Commission is investigating whether Apple Inc is using anti-competitive iPhone sales tactics and technical restrictions to squeeze out rival smartphone makers from the European market, according to documents seen by the Financial Times. -- FILE PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

LONDON (REUTERS) - The European Commission is investigating whether Apple Inc is using anti-competitive iPhone sales tactics and technical restrictions to squeeze out rival smartphone makers from the European market, according to documents seen by the Financial Times.

According to a questionnaire sent last week to several European mobile network operators, the Commission is focusing on distribution terms that might favour Apple by ensuring no rival can secure a better sales deal, said the newspaper.

Apple said its contracts comply with EU laws, said the FT.

The inquiry is the result of private complaints from mobile operators and is at a preliminary stage.

 
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