Apple has been fined for anti-competitive behaviour in Taiwan and warned it could be in big trouble if it keeps it up.
Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission gave a small fine to Jobs’ Mob as a warning shot across the bows. According to the Wall Street Journal, the outfit was warned that it may face a more substantial penalty if it does not stop interfering with carriers’ iPhone pricing and the prices of the plans carriers sell alongside the iPhone.
The fine was $667,000 which is probably the cost of the Apple Board Room’s drinks cabinet, but it did come with a warning about future action.
Jobs’ Mob had been found to have interfered with mobile service providers and handset distributors’ pricing.
“If it doesn’t stop meddling with carriers and other retailers when it comes to iPhone prices, Apple may be fined an additional $1.67 million,” the watchdog snarled.
The FTC looked at emails between Apple and three telecom companies and discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market.
The ruling only applies to Apple’s iPhone and not to the company’s iPad tablet lineup. It is obviously a department within Apple which thinks it is a gang from the Sopranos.