FTC said Apple Japan has forced NTT Docomo, KDDI and Softbank to do so.IPhoneMobile phones provide subsidies and sell them to consumers at discounted prices. FTC said in a statement: "Apple forced mobile operators to provide subsidies to their iPhone, which makes it impossible for operators to provide consumers with a lower monthly service fee option, limiting the fair competition in the market."
FTC began investigating Apple's sales strategy since 2016, but FTC did not punish apple because Apple had agreed to modify its contract with mobile operators. At present, apple apple has not yet commented on this.
According to data from MM Research Institute, one of the two smartphones sold in Japan is iPhone. Therefore, Japan is also one of Apple's most profitable markets.
Japan's FTC said that operators selling iPhone at a discount price gave apple an advantage in the market competition, and its rival Samsung would obviously be at a disadvantage. For operators, to compensate for this loss, consumers can only be asked to sign a 2 or 4 year contract.
FTC said that Apple will not allow consumers to subsidize consumers when they sell iPhone when they adjust their contracts, so consumers can choose lower monthly rental services.