This practice is said to have lasted for over five years. Qualcomm had designed the case so that no competitor – regardless of the quality of its products – would have had a chance against the market leader. This has especially affected Intel, whose LTE modems can still match the Qualcomm chips the most. Such business practices not only harm competitors but also consumers. Because a functioning competition could lead to more innovations or a stronger price fight.
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Apple has long been one of the major consumers of LTE modems. In 2011, Qualcomm then signed an agreement with Apple to make substantial payments for Apple to equip its iPhones and iPads exclusively with Qualcomm chipsets. In 2013, the term of the contract was extended until the end of 2016.
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The EU Commission had Apple’s internal file, according to which the company had seriously considered switching to Intel. However, this was postponed because the agreement with Qualcomm was too attractive and should not be compromised. Only on September 2016, when the contract period was over, Apple then ordered components from Intel.