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NewsPoster Sep 25, 2013 10:49 AM
French finance ministry investigates Apple deals with iPhone carriers
France's finance ministry is investigating contract terms between Apple and local carriers selling the iPhone, according to reports. The initiative is <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294791==http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-targeted-by-french-probe-into-mobile-deals-2013-09-25" rel='nofollow'>believed</a> to be part of a broader look at contracts between carriers and phone makers. It's separate, however, from a <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294792==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/05/27/questionnaire.asks.if.anti.competitive.clauses.in. apple.contracts.exist/" rel='nofollow'>European Commission investigation into Apple's contract dealings</a>.<br />
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The probe is also distinct from two antitrust investigations being conducted by France's Autorite de la Concurrence. One is concerned about whether Apple is treating resellers fairly; earlier this year, regulators <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/294790==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/07/01/company.unfairly.favoring.own.stores.over.retail.p artners.complaints.say/" rel='nofollow'>raided Apple's offices for documentary evidence</a>. The other is concerned with the mobile app market, and could see antitrust charges brought against individual companies like Apple or Google, and/or the institution of new industry-wide policies.
 
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