On the 11th of November, the Procon of the Federal District (DF) seized hundreds of iPhones in different stores in Brasília🇧🇷 The apprehension of the devices happens in an apparent violation of the measure that prohibits the sale of iPhones without chargers in Brazil.
Just this month, some vehicles reported that only the sale of the iPhone 12, the first not to have a charger in the box, was prohibited. However, according to Technoblog checked, the suspension of sales covers any model without a charger. Procon’s action integrates the Operation Unloadcarried out by the National Consumer Secretariat (Senacon🇧🇷
Seizure of iPhones in Brasilia
The iPhones withdrawn from sale were in Claro, Vivo, Fast Shop and two iPlaces stores. iPhones of different versions were seized: from iPhone 11 to iPhone 14released last September.
The seizures are the result of the legal dispute between Apple and the Ministry of Justice. In September, the Ministry banned the sale of iPhone without charger for considering the practice a tie-in sale — where a product needs another purchase to be fully functional.
Three days after the seizure, Apple filed a writ of mandamus to guarantee the sale of the products in Brazil. In this way, the iPhones would be sold again until a pronouncement from Anatel.
This Tuesday (22), Apple responded to the Technoblog stating that sales were proceeding normally for all iPhones. But no, the seizure was not illegal. Apple’s injunction was granted yesterday, authorizing the sale of products here.
Laura Tirelli, director of Senacon’s consumer protection and defense department, explained to the Technoblog that until last Monday (21), the Apple could not sell iPhones from model 12the brand’s first smartphone to be sold without a charger in the box.
In addition, any iPhone without a charger would also be seized – which explains why some iPhones 11 were seized in the stores visited. The model stopped being produced this year, but it can still be found in store stocks.
The rarity will be to find an iPhone 11 with a charger in the box, since after the iPhone 12 Apple began to remove the accessory from older smartphones. Interestingly, one of the iPlaces had a 32 GB iPhone 6s Ouro Rosa — a product launched in 2015.