Russia: “Apple guilty of price-fixing”

Apple has been found guilty of fixing the price of iPhones in Russia for several years.

Russia’s antitrust regulator, the Federal Antimonopoly Service, said on Tuesday that Apple’s local subsidiary coordinated the price at which businesses were allowed to sell its phones. If sellers tried to discount an iPhone, Apple would email them and ask for it to be changed; failing to do so could have led to their contract being terminated.

Apple is said to have done this for the last several years of phones, from the iPhone 5 through the iPhone 6S. The Russian news agency TASS reports the regulator did not find signs of price coordination for the iPhone 7.

Russia’s antimonopoly regulator said that Apple cooperated with the investigation and has ended its price fixing practices and has also agreed to set up antitrust compliance and training protocols to prevent the company from trying the same thing again in the future.

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