Apple Threatened To Face Fines Of Up To € 300,000 In Italy


Italian law demands that customers who buy electronic products in the country have the right to get two years of free assistance, irrespective of other warranties offered by a manufacturer. However, like everywhere else, Apple offers a 1 year limited warranty for its products in Italy. As a result, Italy’s competition regulator is now threatening Apple Inc with fines of up to € 300,000 ($381,000) if it does not offer local customers a free two-year warranty as demanded by Italian law, reports Reuters.

According to the source:

The AGCM competition and market authority has already imposed fines of 900,000 euros on divisions of Apple, which offers a paid technical support service, for failing to tell customers about their rights to free assistance.

But months after the previous fine, Apple has failed to comply with the antitrust request, the source said. The company currently offers a free one-year guarantee scheme, which can be extended to two years on payment of a fee.

“The antitrust (authority) has opened a procedure of non-compliance against Apple, complaining about two unlawful practices,” the source told Reuters.

“If they do not comply, they risk fines for up to 300,000 euros,” the source said.

Apple appealed against the Italian antitrust fine but lost in court earlier this year.


  • djredline

    Isn’t it funny how apple always wasn’t to sue other companies but yet they themselves doesn’t comply with rules…that’s why I don’t buy their products.

  • Anon

    Yet you still visit Apples sites like this. Pathetic.

  • anon

    Stfu apple fanboy. Get steve jobs dick out of ur mouth.

  • Gnaz

    Why does that make him a fan boy? He made a valid point… Why the hell is he on a site about an apple product when he doesn’t like apple. It’s funny how fan droids always come to apple forums and apple fans could care less about google

  • Sketch

    Gotta love hipocracy. Neither android or Google were mentioned and disliking apple makes him a “fan droid”. Wow, standing ovation to you. I completely agree with the first comment and just to clarify, I’m reading this because I like technology. Also, calling people pathetic based on their opinions is really sad.

  • anon

    Very True.

  • Anon

    What’s really sad is the inability to defend your own comment and post under someone else’s alias.

  • Siniac

    Apples solution is fairly simple. They sell the iphone now with a 1 year warranty and you can buy a second year for $99. If Italy demands that they give a twoyear warranty then they should only sell the iphone in Italy bundled with apple care attached for an extra $99.

    Sorry Italians, but your government only lets us sell you the iphone if you buy apple care too. We would rather you had that choice but your government took it away from you. If you don’t like that it costs $100 more in Italy either buy it elsewhere or phone your local politician.

  • XS

    This article is on Flipboard under the tech articles. That’s how I ended up reading it and I don’t like Apple products and don’t read apple fan magazines.