MOSCOW, October 24 — RIA Novosti. The Antimonopoly authority of Italy (AGCM) has fined Apple and Samsung a total of 15 million euros for intentional slowdown of work they produce smartphones, the report said service.

The investigation against Apple and Samsung, the Italian authorities began in January 2018. Under the version of Antimonopoly body that the company “intentionally adhered to a commercial policy aimed at using the shortcomings of some of the items for the performance of its equipment, in order to convince consumers to buy new models.” In addition, manufacturers offered users to update software without warning about the consequences of this for the operation of the devices.

“During a comprehensive investigation service of the AGCM found that Apple and Samsung spent the unfair commercial activities, releasing a series of firmware updates for mobile phones, which led to serious disturbances in the operation of devices, thus speeding up the process of replacing them”, — reads the statement of service.

According to the document, for violation of articles 20, 21, 22 and 24 of the Code of the rights of consumers, Samsung needs to pay a fine in the amount of five million euros to Apple for 10 million euros.

In December of 2017 for the first time Apple has publicly acknowledged that deliberately slows down your iPhone 6, 6S, SE, according to the company, to extend their service in terms of battery wear. This information has caused mixed reactions among consumers, in France, prosecutors have launched an investigation, in the USA, Canada and Israel had filed lawsuits.

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