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UK iPhone owners could be due a payout from Qualcomm

Added 02-25-21 07:31:01am EST - “UK iPhone owners could be in line for a payout from Qualcomm, if legal action by a major British consumer association succeeds ...” - 9to5mac.com

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UK iPhone owners could be in line for a payout from Qualcomm, if legal action by a major British consumer association succeeds. Each owner of an iPhone or Samsung smartphone bought since the beginning of October 2015 could receive around £30 ($42).

Qualcomm is accused of abusing its dominant position in the modem chip business to overcharge Apple and Samsung, which then passed costs on to consumers…

If this all sounds rather familiar, that’s because the same issue has already played out in the US.

More than four years ago, Apple sued Qualcomm for $1B for overcharging for modem chips, saying that two specific charging practices were unfair.

First, instead of charging Apple a flat licence fee for permission to use Qualcomm’s patented technology in iPhones, the chipmaker insisted instead on a percentage of the iPhone’s value. Apple felt that this was unfair, as Qualcomm was benefiting from all the other features that went into making a device it could sell for a four-figure sum.

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