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India: Apple let off the hook in agreements with iPhone sellers

 |  March 20, 2013

A suit alleging that agreements between telecommunications service providers Bharti Airtel and Vodafone with Apple Inc. and its Indian subsidiary resulted in an abuse of dominance by the companies has been dismissed by the Competition Commission of India. The agreements concerned the sale of Apple’s iPhone in the country, in particular the 3G and 3GS; an 18-month long investigation reviewed the situation. The CCI received a complaint that the companies made an agreement giving exclusive selling rights to Airtel and Vodafone before the iPhone was even launched. The complaint also noted that the companies selling the phones sold them locked, ensuring that the phones could only be used on their perspective networks. The CCI did not find sufficient evidence to back the claims of the complaint and has thus dismissed the suit.


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