Tech group sides with Ap­ple in Qual­comm’s iPhone ban dis­pute

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

SAN JOSE: A group rep­re­sent­ing ma­jor tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies has aligned it­self against Qual­comm Inc in its le­gal dis­pute with Ap­ple Inc by call­ing on reg­u­la­tors to re­ject Qual­comm’s bid to ban the im­port of iPhones. A lob­by­ing group that rep­re­sents Al­pha­bet Inc’s Google , Ama­ Inc, Mi­crosoft Corp and Face­book Inc filed com­ments with the US In­ter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion.

They ar­gued that bar­ring Ap­ple from im­port­ing for­eign-as­sem­bled iPhones that use In­tel Corp chips - as Qual­comm has re­quested - would cause “sig­nif­i­cant shocks to sup­ply” for phones and would hurt con­sumers. Qual­comm de­clined to com­ment.

In­tel and Ap­ple ri­val Sam­sung are mem­bers of the group, called the Com­puter & Communications In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion. Ap­ple is not a mem­ber of the group.

“If the ITC were to grant this ex­clu­sion or­der, it would help Qual­comm use its monopoly power for fur­ther lever­age against Ap­ple and al­low them to drive up prices on con­sumer de­vices,” Ed Black, the CEO of the group, said in a state­ment. “What’s at stake here is cer­tainly the avail­abil­ity of iPhones and other smart­phones at bet­ter prices.”


TOKYO: A man plays a vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) game at the Bandai Namco game fa­cil­ity of VR Zone Shin­juku in Tokyo yes­ter­day.

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