French consumer fraud watchdog opens investigation into Apple "planned obsolescence"

France’s DGCCRF, the consumer fraud watchdog arm of the French Economy Ministry, has opened a preliminary investigation of Apple and the company’s alleged deception and planned obsolescence practices.

This, of course, refers to recent findings that Apple artificially slows down iPhones with older batteries. Apple had not admitted to the practice until a user investigation uncovered it and benchmarks confirmed. Apple has only then issued a public apology and reacted by slashing $50 off the cost of its battery replacement program, bringing the price down to $29.
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The founder of the $4 smartphone firm has been arrested for fraud

So it turns out some things really are too good to be true – last year, a smartphone called the Freedom 251 was released in India for the equivalent of just $4. While it certainly did not excel in the specs department, its extremely low price made it pretty attractive, particularly to low-income parts of the country. Unfortunately for them, Mohit Goel, the founder of Ringing Bells, the device’s maker, was recently arrested on allegations of fraud.

The incident which prompted the arrest was the result of an unfulfilled order, according to the police. …