The FAS may initiate a new case against Apple over iPhone price 7

MOSCOW, October 24 — RIA Novosti/Prime. The Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) is currently conducting an analysis of prices for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, it results in at least a month may bring another antitrust case against the American company Apple, reported RIA Novosti in the press service of the FAS.

“At present, we analyze the price situation on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The term of such analysis — at least a month. Upon its completion, we will give a legal assessment of the situation, and in case of detection of violations may be initiated by individual antitrust case or new facts can be combined into one as part of the previously initiated proceedings against a group of persons consisting of LLC “Apple Rus”, the Apple Holding B. V., Apple Sales Ireland Apple Operations International, Apple Inc,” — said the Agency interlocutor.

In early August, the Antimonopoly service has announced the initiation of a case against Apple, seeing Resellers sign of coordination of the prices in Russia on models of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The Antimonopoly case was initiated against a group member of the LLC “Apple Rus”, the Apple Holding B. V., Apple Sales Ireland Apple Operations International, Apple Inc.

The investigation FAS revealed that from the beginning of official sales of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in Russia the majority of Resellers established for them the same prices and kept them for some time. In addition, the Antimonopoly office has recorded the coincidence of prices to Resellers and to other models of smartphones Apple. As noted in the FAS, Apple could face a fine ranging from 1 million to 5 million rubles.

In Russia on 23 September launched sales of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 starts at 56.99 thousand rubles, iPhone 7 Plus — from 67,99 thousand rubles. Earlier head FAS Igor Artemyev stated that if the service will see on the seventh iPone the same now as it was when sales of the sixth, the service will bring another antitrust case, this time with aggravating circumstances.