Canada competition watchdog probing Apple iPhone carrier deals

“Canada’s Competition Bureau is investigating allegations that Apple Inc’s Canadian unit used anti-competitive clauses in contracts with domestic wireless carriers, the watchdog said on Thursday,” Alastair Sharp, Euan Rocha, and Leah Schnurr report for Reuters.

“The bureau said no wrongdoing by Apple’s Canadian arm has been found so far, without stating who made the allegations,” Sharp, Rocha, and Schnurr report. “The bureau this week sought a court order to compel Apple to turn over records relating to the ongoing investigation.”

“The bureau stressed that, so far, it has no evidence that Apple has contravened any rules and that it has not filed any application with the Competition Tribunal or any other court to seek remedies for any alleged anti-competitive conduct,” Sharp, Rocha, and Schnurr report. “‘Should evidence indicate that the Competition Act has been contravened, the Commissioner will take appropriate action,’ said Greg Scott, a spokesman for the bureau, in an email.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Tom E” for the heads up.]

12 Comments

    1. Let’s not forget; this is the Competition Bureau; their job is not to catch “real criminals”; they are there to protect consumers from anti-competitive businesses. Apparently, Apple isn’t one.

  1. The real culprit is Rogers Communications. They have kept the iPhone out of Canada for two years because they wouldn’t play nice with Apple. They wouldn’t give unlimited data when it was common place in the US. They refused to give two year contracts like in the US and insisted on collecting huge monthly payments for three year contracts. They have poor coverage of most of Canada and give very poor service. They nickel and dime customers to death on every little thing like texting, visual voicemail, long distance calls, calls to people who are also on Rogers plans, etc.

    I have left Rogers after 20 years of having to put up with their monopoly and horrible customer service. Do an internet search for “Canada’s most hated company”. Guess who pops up?

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