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UK 4G smartphone owners may be due £480m pay-out

UK 4G smartphone owners may be due £480m pay-out

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Getty ImagesAbout 29 million people in the UK may be entitled to compensation of up to £30 each if a legal claim from watchdog Which? is successful.It is suing chipmaker Qualcomm, claiming it breached UK competition law by taking advantage of its dominance in the patent licensing and chip markets.Which? alleges that it charged inflated fees to manufacturers, which were then passed on to consumers in the form of higher smartphone prices.Qualcomm said the case had "no basis"."As the plaintiffs are well aware, their claims were effectively put to rest last summer by a unanimous panel of judges at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the United States," a spokesman told the BBC.Which? is seeking damages for all affected Apple and Samsung smartphones purchased since 1 October 2015. It estimate...