The Computer & Communications Industry Association, an industry lobbying group which counts technology giants Google, Intel, Amazon, Facebook and Apple rival Samsung as its members, among others, has sided with the Cupertino giant in its escalating legal dispute with Qualcomm over smartphone royalties related to cellular technology.

Reuters reported Friday that these companies are adamant that barring Apple from importing iPhones that use Intel’s cellular baseband modems, as Qualcomm has requested, would cause “significant shocks to supply” for smartphones.

Apple is not a member of the group.

The group’s CEO, Ed Black, said in a statement:

If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) were to grant this exclusion order, it would help Qualcomm use its monopoly power for further leverage against Apple and allow them to drive up prices on consumer devices. What’s at stake here is certainly the availability of iPhones and other smartphones at better prices.

They’re calling on regulators to reject Qualcomm’s bid to ban the import of iPhones.

Apple’s Taiwan-based contract manufacturers Compal, Foxconn, Pegatron and Wistron also sided with Apple, having filed a lawsuit against Qualcomm earlier this week saying the maker of cellular baseband chips has violated two sections of the U.S. antitrust law.

Qualcomm’s CEO hinted at the possibility of an out-of-court settlement with the iPhone maker but that no longer seems feasible given Qualcomm’s toxic rhetorics and the fact that the legal dispute has now escalated with key industry figures aligning themselves with Apple.

In addition to seeking an import ban on iPhones that use chips “other than those supplied by Qualcomm affiliates” and suing Apple over alleged patent infringement, Qualcomm earlier this month also sued the California giant on separate allegations that it infringed six patents around making iPhones work better without draining the battery.

  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    May be Qualcomm is right or may be Apple is. Who knows

    • Gary T

      Given that zero companies have sided with Q, I’m gonna guess that they’re not the ones on the right side of this one. They want an exclusive deal with A and A doesn’t typically do exclusivity.

      • Iskren Donev

        Moreover Qualcomm is trying to charge Apple a percentage of the price for the entire device and not just the components that correspond to their patients.

      • Luiz Claudio Eudes Corrêa

        If I understood correctly, Qualcomm charges Apple for the chip and licensed technology but also charges the factory in China for assembly devices using Qualcomm parts, technology.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        By your logic if someone is right and standing all alone, fighting all alone, then that person is not on the right side eventually cause he is alone.

        By this definition you would also imply that people in riots, vandalizing property are right cause they have numbers with them.

      • Rowan09

        No in this case Qualcomm would either be fighting against Apple alone or with others against Apple. In this case it appears they are wrong because all the major tech companies are going against them.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        May be it’s ganging up against one company to bully it. Do know that if Qualcomm wins all these companies will need to pay Qualcomm for their chips. So it’s logical for these companies to gang up and fight.
        May be I am wrong but this is could be the oter side of the story.

      • Rowan09

        I don’t believe so. The only other time these companies stick together like this is for a patent troll. Qualcomm wants money for iPhone without their modem, even the ones with Intel Modem. I don’t know the whole case, but it appears they are wrong with this one.

      • Niclas

        You forget to mention that Qualcomm holds patents that Apple and Intel uses, and they want licence money for it.
        Call it right or wrong, but you’re not seeing/telling the whole story.

        On another note; The intel chip in the iPhone 7 is pure crap. Wish I had the Qualcomm chip.

      • Rowan09

        This case is not about getting paid, it’s about asking to be paid too much. Qualcomm can’t just charge whatever price they want, it has to be a fair price and it seems as if they are being unfair. You or I don’t know what’s “fair” but that’s the purpose of this case in which all these companies are all agreeing.

        I can’t call anything wrong or right it’s up to the courts to decide. All I’m arguing is if all these companies are complaining about the same thing, there might be some truth to it.

        I don’t know the difference between the intel and Qualcomm chip.

      • Niclas

        It is actually about getting paid. Apple stopped paying license money for the patents Qualcomm holds. They have been using qualcomm since day iPhone 1. Now intel comes in with their shitty chips selling them at half price.

        Intel has now also made its own statement, accusing Qualcomm of abusing its monopoly position and not licensing “standard-essential” patents at a fair rate as required by law. Of course, if anyone knows how to spot abuse of a chip monopoly, it’s Intel…
        Intel is depicting itself as the poor victim of a mobile chip monopolist, even though slapped with fines regarding the topic several times. For example, they were fined $1.4 billion by the EU for abusing its own PC chip monopoly with AMD. That fine should have been at least 10x bigger as Intel made a profit on it even after paying the fine.

        On the chip status; Apple has even started limiting the Qualcomm chip because it trashes the Intel chip and Apple wants to hide that fact to evade another Chipgate.
        Depending on the situation, the Qualcomm MDM9645M modem performs as much as 30 per cent better in performance, and 70 per cent better in terms of signal strength when compared to Intel’s XMM 7360.
        The max throughput of both modems was the same when researchers used a strong signal. But as soon as the signal strength weakened, Intel’s modem noticeably lagged behind Qualcomm’s.

      • Rowan09

        If Apple stopped paying, they would own and I don’t see this in the case, but I could be wrong.

        At the end of the day it’s business, but in business there are fair business practices and it seems Apple and others are complaining Qualcomm isn’t being “fair”.