Iliad sues SFR over subsidies

20 Jul 2012

Iliad, owner of the French mobile phone newcomer Free Mobile, has sued rival cellco SFR claiming that the Vivendi-owned company’s offer to subsidise handsets for customers committing to a one-year to two-year contract constitutes unfair competition. Iliad says that subsidies are essentially hidden consumer loans with interest rates of between 300% and 400%. SFR’s press office has yet to comment on the matter.