Apple’s Wireless Carrier Contracts Under Investigation in France
Quelle surprise! Apple’s dealings with wireless carriers in France have come under investigation. MarketWatch reports that authorities in France are probing Apple’s contracts to determine whether the company is engaging in anticompetitive practices with French carriers that sell the iPhone. The investigation in France is part of a broader European investigation into smartphone manufacturers’ business practices that in the past has probed whether Apple applies stricter standards for small carriers who want to carry the iPhone than the standards used for large carriers. The European Commission has said in the past that it’s merely giving the iPhone contracts some scrutiny and that it hasn’t decided to open up aformal antitrust investigation yet.