Apple Under Investigation by French Authorities Over Carrier Contracts

The French government is looking into Apple's carrier contracts in France over the requirements it places on companies that sell the iPhone, reports The Wall Street Journal.

This is not the first time that regulators in Europe have looked into the strict terms that Apple requires of its carrier partners -- Apple insists carriers guarantee sales of large numbers of iPhones and other factors that some say amount to anti-competitive behavior.

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The inquiry is part of a larger investigation into the overall relationship between handset makers and some of their biggest clients, said the person familiar with the matter. "For operators, handsets have become one of the big expenses," the person said. "There is a balance of power that is shifting."
Back in March, European regulators looked into the potential antitrust issues of Apple's contracts with carriers, but this new investigation is specifically from the French government, rather than the EU itself.

France is also looking into Apple's treatment of its third-party resellers as well as the behavior of Apple, Google and Amazon that prevent customers from moving purchased apps from one platform to another.

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16 months ago

maybe the people under investigation should be the carriers. That seems to be where the most collusion, corruption, anti-trust and price fixing appears to take place. Especially in places like Canada and the US.


Never gonna happen. Though it is sometimes nice to think about.

By the way, investigating behavior over "not allowing customers to transfer purchased apps between platforms?" Really? Yes, software coded in Objective-C using Cocoa Touch APIs is transferable between entirely different software platforms. :rolleyes:. Or wait, they mean developers should GIVE their software away to users who bought their software on other platforms, and just completely ignore the work they did to bring that software from one platform to another.

Lets just force all platforms to run on the same kernel with the same APIs and development environment using the same language. Yes, that would kill ALL innovation at the software level. Lets just turn software into a commodity rather than an art form. Software prices are already at give-away prices, lets just take it even further. Rather than appreciating the quality of software that can be had these days for insanely low prices, in your pocket everywhere you go.

I wish governments would become more technically enlightened before trying to poke their noses in an area they have literally zero knowledge about.
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16 months ago
maybe the people under investigation should be the carriers. That seems to be where the most collusion, corruption, anti-trust and price fixing appears to take place. Especially in places like Canada and the US.
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16 months ago
While we're at it, I should be able to put my VHS tapes into a bluray player. I shouldn't have to repay for Disney's "remastered" editions.
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16 months ago

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I wish governments would become more technically enlightened before trying to poke their noses in an area they have literally zero knowledge about.


That'll be the day...

Seems like everyone [ govts ] loves to get their panties in a bunch when it comes to Apple.

You really are alone at the top...
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16 months ago

While we're at it, I should be able to put my VHS tapes into a bluray player. I shouldn't have to repay for Disney's "remastered" editions.


I'm not convinced this is a good analogy. Perhaps a better one would be this: You buy a Blu-Ray disc of Spiderman (which is a Sony-developed movie). Should you be able to play that BR disc in a non-Sony player?

If you're allowed to play (transfer) a BR disc (ie, an app) in any BR player (ie, the platform), why wouldn't you be able to transfer a mobile app from one platform to another?

I'm not saying I agree / disagree with the investigation, but perhaps there are analogies to be drawn. Whether or not these analogies are good is another matter, but I could see why the FR government is asking the question.
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16 months ago

A better analogy still would be video game disks. Why can't you run a ps3 disk on an Xbox360?

I'm suddenly interested in seeing if anyone has modded any of the video game consoles to play any other console's disks... I've seen OS X emulators that let them run PS1 disks, so maybe an Xbox 360 can be modded to run PS1 disks too?


I'm not aware of any XBOX mods that allow you to run PS discs. Having said that...some app developers and game developers are allowing you to download / run the same app for different platforms. For example, Adobe allows you to install any of their CC apps on Mac or Windows. You need to pay the CC subscription fee of course, but doing so allows you to download and run something like Photoshop on your platform of choice. I thought the latest SimCity was the same... but I may be mistaken here (and I'm too lazy right now to look it up). Either way, some app developers are entitling a user to run an app on his platform of choice these days.
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16 months ago
as goverment regulators always can find troublesome items in corporative contracts. The thing right now, Apple is becoming the Ivory Tower for claims, class action suites, demands and the like. Big pockets dont play in favour of Apple, less in Europe where too many people have Anti-american attitudes and rethorics.....Would be wise if Apple adjust their requeriments/contracts based more firmly in local marketing conditions. I had seen Apple gone to great lenghts to take a foothold in the Chinese market. Can this signal a deliberate or an accidental omision from Apple?.....Corporative complot theoricists welcome....:confused:.......:eek:

:):apple:
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16 months ago
On another note, that Apple store in Paris looks better than the all glass fronts in the states.

Loos very stylish.
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16 months ago

One platform to another, haha, joke of the day. Seeing how these platforms are not compatible with each other. It's not like they are all running windows or OSX. Good luck on that one.


If I buy a game on Steam that is Steamplay I can play it on Windows, Linux or OSX. All for the one price.
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16 months ago

That'll be the day...

Seems like everyone [ govts ] loves to get their panties in a bunch when it comes to Apple.

You really are alone at the top...


Yep. Microsoft also had their day when every European government was slapping them with five lawsuits a week.

Sure some of them were necessary from keeping Microsoft from acting like a big monopolistic bully. But the most high profile cases were over really pedantic things (IMHO) like suing them for gazillion-trillion dollars simply because they tightly integrated THEIR own browser (Explorer) into THEIR own operating system (Windows).

I thought those lawsuits against MS were also useless. In the the end, I was right, those lawsuits against MS never did anything to curtail its business practice, nor did it "pare down" a giant. Nope. They were useless and a waste of taxpayer money. In the end, Microsoft (and Explorer's dominance of the web) declined not because of those lawsuits or regulations.... Microsoft's dominance and influence declined as a result of its own missteps.

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Apple should just buy France.


It would be a poor ROI.
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