Which? alleges that Qualcomm, which makes smartphone components, has breached UK competition law by charging manufacturers, such as Apple and Samsung, inflated costs, which may have then been passed onto consumers in the form of higher smartphone prices.
The consumer group is now seeking damages for anyone who purchased an Apple or Samsung smartphone since 1 October 2015. These purchases could have been made via a mobile network operator (such as EE, O2 or Vodafone) or through a retail store (such as Carphone Warehouse). This includes smartphones bought outright or as part of a smartphone plan or on credit.
According to Which?, mobile users could collectively be owed £482.5 million in damages from US tech giant Qualcomm. That’s between roughly £5 and £30 depending on the number and type of smartphones purchased, although £17 is the average payout expected. If you’re in the market for a new handset, use our Cheap Mobile Finder tool to compare prices at 50-plus retailers and resellers.