Taiwan fines Apple over iPhone price influencing

Posted Dec 26, 2013

The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission has hit Apple with a NT$20 million ($670,000) fine for telling cell carriers what prices to charge for the iPhone. As part of a TFTC ruling, Apple was told carriers are free to set their own prices and a failure to comply could lead to a NT$50 million fine, according to Mac Observer.

The commission said that Chunghwa Telecom, Far Eastone Telecommunication, and Taiwan Mobile submitted iPhone price plans for Apple to approve. However, new Taiwan trade laws forbid manufacturers from influencing carriers.

The Taiwan Fair Trade Commission discovered that Apple was influencing prices by discovering a chain of e-mails between Apple and the three cell service providers. In some cases, Apple even asked for changes before the product rollouts happened.