Apple Japan accused of monopoly practice
NHK -- Jul 13
Japan's Fair Trade Commission has accused the Japanese unit of global tech-giant Apple of possibly violating the anti-monopoly law by forcing major mobile service providers to give discounts on their iPhones.

The trade regulator says Apple Japan demanded that the 3 major carriers offer subsidies to allow subscribers to buy their iPhones below the wholesale price.

Carriers effectively complied by charging lower monthly fees for a designated period.

One carrier came up with a plan that offered a cheaper but longer term contract instead of discounting a device.

But Apple failed to agree.

The commission pointed out that this practice blocked carriers from offering price plans of their choice.

Apple Japan reportedly reviewed its contracts with the carriers following the accusation.

アップルが料金プランの設定を制限していました。 アップル社は携帯大手3社に対し、iPhone(アイフォーン)の端末料金を割り引いて販売するよう契約で義務付けていました。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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