iPhone-maker Apple comes under CCI scanner

| Updated on: Jun 20, 2011

iPhone and iPad maker Apple Inc has come under the scanner of the Competition Commission of India for allegedly limiting the availability of its products to a few service providers using its dominant market position.

A customer has filed a complaint before the Commission under Section 4 of the Competition Act 2002 that Apple is curbing the customer's choice by limiting the availability of iPhones and iPads in India to a limited number of service providers, besides its signature stores.

At present, iPhone's latest version is available in India through Aircel and Bharti Airtel, while the iPads are sold through Apple store only.

An Apple official when contacted declined to comment.

“The complainant has also alleged that a user can only download software from the i-store and the others are not recognised by the device,” a senior CCI official told PTI.

Besides, Apple phones could only be serviced in Apple centres, which in turn charge high rates for servicing.

The Commission is due to take up the matter for consideration by the end of this week, sources said.

Published on June 20, 2011

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