Australian telcos face Apple-Samsung scrutiny

Australian telcos face Apple-Samsung scrutiny

Summary: Samsung is seeking to obtain agreements between Apple and Australian telcos, as well as the source code for the iPhone 4S firmware.

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Samsung is seeking to obtain agreements between Apple and Australian telcos Optus, Vodafone and Telstra, as well as the source code for the iPhone 4S firmware as it seeks to block the sale of Apple's newest smartphone.

In today's directions hearing for the ongoing patent dispute between Apple and Samsung over alleged infringements in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple's new iPhone 4S, Samsung counsel Cynthia Cochrane told Justice Annabel Bennett that in order to make its case for an interlocutory injunction on the sale of the 4S, it needs Apple to produce the agreements that it had made with the three major mobile telcos in Australia for all iPhone models. Samsung explained that these agreements would show the impact of the device on Samsung's market share and revenue.

"It goes to show [that] since the iPhone 3G was made available in Australia in July 2008, the impact on the market for every iPhone product has been significant, and has lead to a substantial increase ... in market share by revenue," Cochrane told the court.

In particular, Samsung is keen to find out the amounts of subsidies paid by Telstra, Optus and Vodafone to Apple for selling the iPhones on plans. "If subsidies [are] given for the iPhone 4S, there are less to go around for my client's products."

For more on this story, read on ZDNet Australia.

Topics: iPhone, Apple, CXO, Hardware, Mobility, Samsung, Smartphones, Telcos, IT Employment

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  • apple is toast!

    iCrap s going down.
    FOSS will win!
    The Linux Geek
    • RE: Australian telcos face Apple-Samsung scrutiny

      @The Linux Geek

      Are you still here or is that just a simple bot?
      tonymcs@...
      • RE: Australian telcos face Apple-Samsung scrutiny

        @tonymcs@... Simple yes, bot no...
        athynz
    • RE: Australian telcos face Apple-Samsung scrutiny

      @The Linux Geek

      I don't want to know that Flo Mu was generally correct. His endless "Android is doomed" predictions are tiresome and not 100% accurate.
      DonRupertBitByte
  • RE: Australian telcos face Apple-Samsung scrutiny

    After the last biased ruling from this judge, I wish someone would have checked to see what kind of "contributions" she got from Apple.
    mjf2112
    • RE: Australian telcos face Apple-Samsung scrutiny

      @mjf2112
      If apple can get away with impersonating police officers, illegal search of an employee's home can go unpunished then not one thing will happen to anyone looking into "contributions" from apple...
      Nate_K
    • RE: Australian telcos face Apple-Samsung scrutiny

      Funny that should come up - I just came across this:
      http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=13827537&postcount=151

      Looks like Justice Bennett is married to a senior partner in the firm Apple hired to represent them in her court.
      sy69
  • RE: Australian telcos face Apple-Samsung scrutiny

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    fgsueryt
  • This Is Starting To Annoy The Telcos

    It was all right when it was just a fight between Apple and Samsung, but trying to drag the phone companies into it will rile them up into exerting pressure on these two to stop their squabbling.

    Who has more to lose from annoying the telcos? My guess is Apple.
    ldo17
  • RE: Australian telcos face Apple-Samsung scrutiny

    If you make a product that people want, they will buy it. If you don't, then you hire a lawyer and pretend.

    Look at the selling price of an iPhone, with a contract, compared to any of the other crap out there and that should answer your questions.
    Realist2199