Europe faults Apple for ‘anticompetitive’ iPhone deals

by admin November 22, 2007 at 12:06 am

At issue are laws that bar companies from ‘tying’ – requiring consumers who buy one product to buy another.

Hamburg, Germany – Apple’s iPhone marketing has been a smash success at home, but it is running into stumbling blocks in Europe, where the touch-screen handset and music player is making its debut this month.

At issue are national laws that bar companies from “tying” products so that consumers have to buy one to get the other. The laws present a major challenge to Apple’s global strategy of cutting an exclusive deal with mobile operators and taking a share of the profits from calling plans.

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