At FAS there is evidence of collusion with Apple retailers on the prices of the iPhone in Russia
The Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) of Russia on December 8 will hear the case against Apple, which is suspected of coordinating the prices of the iPhone in Russia. The Agency has postponed the trial for one month in connection with the need to collect additional evidence.
“The case against OOO “eppl Rus”, Apple Holding B. V., Apple Sales Ireland Apple Operations International and Apple Inc. (the structure the Apple) is transferred in connection with necessity of additional collection of documents and evidence. A new hearing is scheduled for 8 December,” – TASS quotes the statement of the representative of the FAS.
Earlier the Antimonopoly Ministry had already postponed the trial from 13 September to 7 November.
In February of this year FAS retailers suspected of price collusion in the sale of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which at that time was the last models of the popular smartphone.
Office for citizen decided to request information from the 16 retailers, including Euroset, Eldorado, Svyaznoy, re:Store, Ozon.ru “Citylink”, Media Markt, “Mobilend” (brand of “Know-how”), “MegaFon” and “Beeline”. The request for pricing mechanisms in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were also sent to the online Apple store.
Check the FAS revealed that from the beginning of official sales iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in Russia, (that is, from the end of September 2015) most Resellers have set the same prices of smartphones and hold them for a certain time. A similar situation was identified with the previous iPhone models.
The office suggested that such overlap may result from the coordination of pricing an American Corporation, so the “recommended” price of the iPhone was made by the Russian Resellers as required. Apple has stated that it does not dictate to retailers the price of the iPhone. Retailers also noted that set prices themselves on the basis of the existing market.
Questions to Apple from FAS arose in the price of the iPhone 7, sales of which started in Russia on September 23.
In late October, the competition authority declared the beginning of check of the prices for the iPhone 7, which will last about a month. Following the results of check FAS can initiate another case against Apple, or add new information to an existing case. It will be clear to the end of the year.
As stated the head of FAS Igor Artemyev, if the situation with the price of iPhone 7 in Russia will be the same as previous models of Apple smartphones, it will serve as an aggravating circumstance when imposing a fine.