The competition AUTHORITY initiates proceedings against Apple and Samsung for the case of the smartphone is intentionally slowed down
Lately there is much talk about “planned obsolescence”, of the reduced performance via software updates if the batteries are worn out, and so on. At the centre of the fuss there is definitely Apple, but the AGCM – Italian Garante della concorrenza e del mercato – wants to delve deeper into the issue and has called into question even Samsung, after some reports.
The accusation of the AGCM to Apple and Samsung, the historical rivals, it is unfair business practices. The two technology giants would, in fact, violated some articles of the Consumer Code, namely 20, 21, 22, and 24. The Guarantor has issued a Press Release on his web site, here is an excerpt:
In particular, the professionals would put in place a general commercial policy to exploit the shortcomings of some of the components to reduce the performance of their products and induce consumers to purchase new versions of themselves; they were also offered to the customers software updates of their own mobile phones without mentioning the possible consequences of the same update, and without providing sufficient information to maintain an adequate level of performance of these devices, promoted and purchased for their specific and high technological features.
Apple has confirmed the alteration of the performance of the iPhone with batteries that are worn to prevent crashes or sudden reboots, but it seems that the company of Cupertino will not be the only one having to deal with certain accusations.
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