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Two-year probe of Apple's alleged anti-competitive behavior shut down by Canadian government

Canada's Competition Bureau on Friday said it had not found sufficient evidence that Apple had engaged in anti-competitive conduct, in promoting the iPhone with Canadian wireless carriers.




A simple statement announced the end of the two-year probe, saying that there were no terms in deals with wireless carriers that resulted in a "significant effect" to competition.

Apple was accused of using its market force to demand carriers sell rival devices at inflated prices. Other concerns centered around limitations Apple placed on marketing and sales of the iPhone by the carriers.

The Canadian query surrounding the iPhone marketing and sales restrictions on carriers was very similar to investigations in France, South Korea, alleging the same things.

Apple's Canadian operations were under investigation from the country's Competition Bureau, which was looking into claims of anti-competitive deals struck in the Country. The investigation was announced by the bureau in December 2014, with no presumed guilt.

At the time of the investigation, the iPhone was available on main carriers Rogers, Bell, and TELUS, and on smaller providers Virgin Mobile, Fido, and Koodo.