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Japan watchdog says smartphone contracts violate antitrust law

Tuesday 3 July 2018 | 08:39 CET | News
The Japan Fair Trade Commission warns that 4-year payment plans that mobile phone providers offer in exchange for reducing handset prices could be in violation of antitrust law. Such restrictive contracts can prevent consumers from changing operators, the FTC said. The antitrust watchdog took issue with four-year smartphone plans that allow users to trade in for an update after two years, waiving the remaining installments for the old device and starting a new 4-year deal.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: KDDI / NTT DoCoMo
Countries: Japan
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