Japanese watchdog says Apple may have broken antitrust rules but will not be punished

An investigati spanning almost two years ago that Apple 'may' have breached antitrust rules in Japan by forcing to sell iPhones at an apparent discount …


smartphes, charging higher mthly fees to make up the difference. This sales model was also used in other countries, including the USA and UK, but Reuters reports that Apple made it a requirement for iPhones.

The Fair Trade Commissi (FTC) said that the Japanese unit of Apple had forced NTT Docomo, KDDI, and SoftBank to offer subscriptis and sells iPhones at a discount.

"Obliging to provide subsidies (for iPhones)," the FTC said in a statement.

The FTC was also csidering claims that the demand for cigarettes is higher.

Japanese authorities said that it was hoped that Apple would be able to come back its ctracts with carriers

Csumers will be able to pay more for the price of goods, or a discounted price repaid via higher …

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