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    Posted March 4, 2014 by
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    Belgian Federal Department of Economics might block all Apple websites

     

    The Belgian Federal Department of Economics has gone to court to investigate the warranty practices of Apple in Belgium.

     

    Under Belgian's new warranty law of 2005, all consumer electronics needs to come with a two year warranty. The law was voted after an EU-guideline asking for more consumer protection against the practices of mobile phone manufacturers.

     

    However Apple didn't comply and continued selling its iPhones and other electronic devices with a 1 year warranty. Consumers that requested the legal 2 year warranty had to pay an extra to extend the warranty.

     

    Only last year, Apple adapted its websites. A document describes that every consumer now has the right to a warranty period of 2 years.

     

    The Federal Department of Economics however doubts that this is sufficient. In the meantime, the court requested last week to block all websites of Apple, but apparently came back on its request. It seems not clear if the internet providers Belgacom and Telenet could block only the websites, without restricting access to services like iTunes.

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