Apple gains support from four tech giants, namely Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Amazon in their dispute with Qualcomm regarding the import ban that the chipmaker wants against Apple.
As you might already know, Apple and Qualcomm are in a very serious dispute regarding the royalties that Qualcomm claims from Apple, for using their patents, that Cupertino-based company thinks their too high and also claims that the chipmaker is abusing its dominant position within the industry.
The four giants formed the lobby group called the Computer & Communications Industry Association, and claims that if ITC (International Trade Commission) would grant Qualcomm’s request to ban the iPhone imports, it would only encourage the chipmaker company to exert even more influence against the smartphone makers and would push the prices up.
“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.”
Apple is not a member of the group, so this is a surprising move, which only makes Qualcomm to look even more as the bad guy of this story. Considering the fact that more and more companies and authorities from different countries accuse Qualcomm of abusing its power, it’s really hard not to think that Qualcomm is really doing something bad.
Just the other day we found that four of Apple’s suppliers filed a complaint against Qualcomm accusing the chipmaker for violating the antitrust regulations.