Russian antimonopoly watchdog finds Apple’s subsidiary guilty of fixing iPhone’s prices
MOSCOW, March 14 (RAPSI) – A commission of Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has found Apple’s subsidiary Apple Rus guilty of fixing prices of iPhones, RAPSI learnt from the watchdog on Tuesday.
FAS has stopped proceedings against Apple Holding B.V., Apple Sales Ireland, Apple Operations International, Apple Inc. because no violations were found in their actions. As far as Apple Rus is concerned, FAS will not order the company to fix violations because it has already stopped fixing prices.
Violations were concerning such models of smartphone as iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus.
The antimonopoly watchdog launched a case against group of Apple companies in August 2016. Investigation found out that resellers set the same prices for iPhone 6 smartphones during the launch of sales. Prices were matching for other Apple smartphone models as well. Back then FAS noted that Apple faces fines of up to five million rubles ($86,000).
FAS noted that there were signs of price coordination by Apple iPhone resellers, which resulted in matching prices for several smartphone models. Resellers included MTS, M.Video, Beeline, Eldorado, Euroset, OZON, Re:Store, Svyaznoy, Megafon, Ulmart, Media Markt, Citilink, Holodilnik.ru, DNS, ION (Know-How), Tehnosila.