BRUSSELS — The European Union acknowledged that it is looking into complaints from some telecoms operators that Apple Inc.’s terms for carrying the iPhone are anticompetitive, but said the matter isn’t formal and competition in the smartphone market is strong.

Several European operators have submitted concerns about their contracts with Apple to the EU antitrust watchdog over the past months, two people familiar with the matter said Friday. French carriers led the charge, but companies from other EU countries were also involved, the people said.

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By Vanessa Mock, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal