Feb 25, 2021

UK 4G smartphone owners may be due £480m pay-out

It is suing chipmaker Qualcomm, claiming it breached UK competition law by taking advantage of its dominance in the patent licensing and chip markets. Which? alleges that it charged inflated fees to manufacturers, which were then passed on to consumers in the form of higher smartphone prices. "Anabel Hoult, chief executive of Which? said:"We believe Qualcomm's practices are anti-competitive and have so far taken around £480m from consumers' pockets - this needs to stop. "We are sending a clear warning that if companies like Qualcomm indulge in manipulative practices which harm consumers, Which? is prepared to take action." Qualcomm, one of the world's biggest producers of mobile phone chips, has faced a series of allegations about anti-competitive behaviour.

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