According to a recent report by the FT, European regulators are looking into the contracts between Apple and the various mobile carriers, Apple has strict terms which the carriers have to adhere to in order to sell the iPhone.
The nine-page questionnaire sent to telecoms groups primarily relates to sales practices, including whether Apple forces groups to buy a minimum number of iPhones, restrictions on the use of marketing budgets, and clauses that ensure Apple is always offered no worse subsidies and sales terms than other smartphone makers.
It also asks whether Apple places technical or contractual restrictions on the iPhone 5 that mean it cannot be used on high-speed 4G networks in Europe.
It will be interesting to see if the EU regulators decide to investigate Apple after they have received the information from the mobile carriers.
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