Back in January, Vodafone agreed to ensure that customers got a decent warranty deal when they purchased phones on contract after striking a deal with the ACCC. At the time, we noted there was one glaring exception to that rule: the iPhone.
Brett Winterford at CRN did some further digging into why the Apple exception was allowed into the agreement, and discovered that the ACCC was none too happy about it. While the competition regulator accepted Vodafone's argument that Apple's refusal to allow it to service iPhones prevented it offering a 24-month warranty, ACCC head Graeme Samuel doesn't think it would necessarily stand up to a challenge by an individual consumer in court:
An exception was made in this undertaking, but I am not sure it is tenable in practice and not something I would condone in the future.
Apple has always imposed stringent conditions on carriers before allowing them to sell the iPhone, and most have been happy to go along with that in order to sell the device. However, the ACCC's keen interest might mean Apple needs to tread more carefully in future.