- iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 phones banned in Colombia
- The Colombian court has imposed a ban.
- The company will not even be able to advertise these phones
New Delhi. A Colombian court has banned the sale of the hugely popular Apple iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 in the country. A court in Bogota, Colombia has barred Apple from selling all its devices with 5G connectivity, including the iPhone 13, iPhone 12 and iPad models with 5G connectivity.
Now Apple will not be able to its 5G iPhones and iPads in the country. The same company will neither be able to import any new stock in the country nor will it be able to advertise these products. Let us tell you that this ban has been imposed on Apple in the case of new license fees for some standard-essential patents (SEP) related to 5G with Ericsson. Apple acknowledges that the patents are genuine, but believes Ericsson is charging too much for them.
Prohibition on sale of existing stock
According to a report, Apple is no longer allowed to sell iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series devices, along with 5G iPad models, in Colombia. The court has also directed the local local customs authority to stop the import of fresh stock of these products. Not only this, Apple has been instructed to stop online and offline advertising of these iPhones with immediate effect. Along with this, the sale of devices already in stock has also been banned.
Apple cannot appeal in court outside Colombia
The court also imposed an anti-suit injunction against Apple, which means that Apple cannot appeal to any other court outside Colombia to pressure Ericsson to lift these restrictions. Apple in its defense said that Colombia has not yet received any 5G network and, therefore, there is no point in imposing restrictions as the 5G components are still unused.
iPhone 14 series launch
Significantly, this ban has been imposed on Apple at a time when Apple is preparing to launch the next generation iPhone 14 series globally within a few months. Apple has released beta versions of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9 and macOS Ventura for testing.