Apple Fined For Being Naughty

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has fined Apple 20 million Taiwan dollars (around $670,000) after it specified pricing to iPhone carriers.

Apple may choose to appeal the Taiwanese government’s decision, however it may face a fine of 50 million New Taiwan dollars ($1,700,000) if it does not comply with the initial ruling.

Furthermore, the ruling itself applies to iPhones only, with the government having no current plans to investigate Apple’s price interference with iPads in the region. Apple’s office in Taiwan has also not issued a statement on ruling.

As per norms, once Apple sells distribution rights to an iPhone stockist, it has no right to dictate how much carriers and companies sell the devices for. The company reportedly asked Taiwan’s three major service providers to adjust iPhone rates, including Chunghwa Telecom, Far Eastone Telecommunication, and Taiwan Mobile

Through the email correspondence between Apple and three telecom companies, FTC discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market.

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