An irritated Italian consumer rights group has filed an anti-trust complaint with local regulators against the restriction of sales of the iPhone in Italy.

They are complaining because the device is only available through Vodafone and Telecom Italia. 

Italy’s anti-trust agency has begun gathering information on iPhone distribution, but hasn’t yet begun a full anti-trust investigation, following reception of the complaint from the Movimento Difesa del Cittadino (MDC).

Both Italian carriers offer the same prices on an unlocked version of the iPhone – €499 for the 8GB model and €599 for the 16GB.

"We learn with pleasure booting dell’Antitrust part of a pre-inquiry to verify a possible dominance of only two operators currently marketing the I-Phone, Tim and Vodafone," said MDC (well, as explained by Google Translate.

 

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