Bureau closes Apple iPhone investigation

News Release

No abuse of dominance found related to contracts with Canadian wireless carriers

January 6, 2017 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau announced today that it is closing its investigation into concerns of anti‑competitive conduct by Apple related to its contracts with Canadian wireless carriers that sell and market iPhones.

The Bureau examined whether the contracts harm competition by impacting wireless carriers’ incentives to promote iPhones over other brands of smartphones, and whether they resulted in an increase in the price of handsets or wireless services.

However, the Bureau did not find sufficient evidence to conclude that Apple has engaged in an abuse of dominance under the Competition Act. Details of the Bureau’s investigation are available publicly on its website in its position statement.

Quick Facts

  • In 2015, 73 per cent of Canadian adults owned a smartphone, up from 24 per cent in 2010.
  • Smartphone manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung and LG sell their products to consumers through wireless carriers, directly to consumers, and through other channels.
  • When the Bureau examines alleged anti‑competitive behaviour, it conducts an examination of the available facts and evidence before reaching any conclusions about whether or not the Competition Act has been contravened.
  • Promoting competition and innovation in the digital economy is a Bureau priority.

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