Documents that have fallen into the hands of the Financial Times show that the European Commission has begun to look into whether Apple's agreements with mobile operators are legitimate. The committee believes that the agreements that Apple closes cut its opponents, reducing their sales.
The investigation began after complaints received by the committee from some mobile operators, but you are still at a preliminary stage. The committee launched the survey by sending questionnaires to all providers in Europe that contain questions such as whether Apple is forcing them to buy a minimum number of devices or limiting their marketing budget.
"The Commission has information indicating that Apple and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have concluded distribution agreements that could potentially lead to the foreclosure of other smartphone manufacturers from the markets," says the questionnaire. "There are also indications that certain technical features are disabled on certain Apple products in certain countries of the EU / EEA. If the existence of such behavior were to be confirmed, it could constitute an infringement of [antitrust law] ".
In addition, the questionnaires ask if Apple is forcing them to offer better subsidies for the iPhone, cutting off part of the sales from its competitors. Providers should have responded to the questionnaires by June 17.
According to a questionnaire sent last week to several EU mobile network operators, the European Commission's probe focuses on terms of distribution that might favor Apple by ensuring that no rival can secure a better sales deal.
It is not the first time that the European Union is dealing with Apple and some possible anti-monopoly tactics, but no action has yet been taken against it.
Dimitrios Georgoulas @ GreekAppleNews