Reuters reviews that South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) is examining Apple for probable anti-aggressive methods in the united states. This seems to help an early on unconfirmed statement in Korea Times that FTC was analyzing the legitimacy of Apple’s agreement conditions with cellular companies.
Resources claimed Apple Korea has pushed companies into purchasing a minimal amount of promotional iPhones and discussing the responsibility of repair expenses […]
In April, the FTC requested the rectification of 20 unjust procedures in agreements using its licensed repair company associates. The agreements involved conditions the fix companies couldn’t record lawsuits against Apple Korea inside a year after any challenge.
If this been there as well, it’s since it echoes an early on situation in Italy …
Within the French situation in May, the Directorate General for Opposition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) contended that five individual conditions in Apple’s agreements with companies were unjust, including minimum purchase needs over a three-year interval, and companies adding to fix expenses.
The DGCCRF stated then that Apple must have to pay for €48.5M ($54M), containing payment to four various companies and an excellent of €8M. Another situation in Taiwan in 2013 led to Apple being fined the curiously exact quantity of $666k for ‘interfering with iPhone pricing.’
Specifics within the Korea situation are short, Reuters reporting just the FTC is examining “some issues” associated with Apple, and Korea Times having no further comprehensive info compared to above estimate, related to numerous unnamed sources. The document does notice, nevertheless, that Apple doesn’t permit companies to provide subsidized pricing.
Apple doesn’t have some of its stores in Korea, where regional manufacturers Samsung and LG master, but offers through companies and third party merchants. SKT (picture) has got the biggest share of the marketplace.