Antimonopoly Department Reveals Violations in Cellphone Market

Business Materials 12 April 2006 13:54 (UTC +04:00)

Department for Antimonopoly Policy within the Ministry for Economic Development has conducted a monitoring at the cellphones and accessories market for observance of consumer rights and Regulations of Trade, Municipal and other Services. Trend reports with reference to the Departments news release that inspection covered 16 entities: 6 wholesale importers and 10 wholesale shops.

The results of conducted monitoring have proved absence of invoices for sold goods, as well as sale of phones and accessories without warranty and their import by physical persons from third countries like UAE, China and so on. Besides, local service providers use phones with unauthorized software modification and block removal, while these sets are intended to use with one provider and therefore blocked and sold at conventional price.

Employees of the department have also revealed the substitution of original batteries, keyboard and charger with their cheaper analogues on imported handsets. Besides, inspected entities do not provide guaranteed services on cellphones and accessories as the authorized distributors and dealers do. The release also states the monitoring at the market is going on.