Apple has been fined TW$20 million (US$667,000) for violating Taiwanese fair trade laws by inteferring with how telcos price the iPhone. Local telcos Chunghwa Telecom, Far Eastone Telecommunication and Taiwan Mobile had submitted their pricing plans to Apple for approval or confirmation before launch, according to Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission in its statement. The U.S. tech giant had reportedly also asked the carriers to adjust their prices.
The regulator accused Apple of restricting competition by depriving telcos the liberty of deciding prices based on their own cost structures and market situation.
Apple can choose to appeal the ruling, or face an addtional fine of up to TW$50 million (US$1.6 million) if it does not comply with the regulator's warnings to stop its "illegal actions".
The U.S. tech giant was under the spotlight in Taiwan last month for including the island under China in its new maps app. It amended the labeling within a week of outcry from the Taiwanese government.