French Regulator Balks At IPhone Exclusivity Deal

Law360, New York (December 17, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The French Competition Council has decided that a deal Apple Inc. struck to sell its iPhone exclusively through France Telecom's Orange SA in that country poses antitrust issues, giving the green light for competitors to sell the popular phone.

In a decision Wednesday, the regulator provisionally halted the deal between Apple and Orange, saying the five-year contract seems excessive and risks damage to competition on the mobile market and to consumers.

The Competition Council added that the arrangement was likely to introduce a new factor of...
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