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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:28 PM   #26
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This is hilarious. I, for one, hope they keep the trademark and use it instead of selling to Apple. They are the rightful owners, after all.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:30 PM   #27
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The phone only came-out now because of a giant reorganization that took place on the company to avoid bankruptcy, so not a money grab, they were once a big brand in Brazil that could compete with Sony and other TV brands.
That doesn't get to the heart of the matter. They don't have to call it an IPHONE just because they CAN. They are clearly trying to get Apple's attention.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:31 PM   #28
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Apple can just hire mercenaries to rough the company up. This is what makes South America unique. Cartels and mercenaries, oh my!
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:32 PM   #29
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Buyers will get confused? People tend to look at which device they are buying before they put their money on it.
Yes, I think someone like my grandma could be easily confused by two products with the exact same name that are both cell phones.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:32 PM   #30
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So, this is just a blatant money grab, right?
Let's not bring up what Apple charges for adapters and memory upgrades.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:34 PM   #31
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The phone only came-out now because of a giant reorganization that took place on the company to avoid bankruptcy, so not a money grab, they were once a big brand in Brazil that could compete with Sony and other TV brands.
Suprised Apple didn't approach them earlier for a buyout.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:35 PM   #32
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They are asking for two brazillian dollars.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:35 PM   #33
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This does more damage to the Android brand than to the iPhone brand. I say Apple should just let this one slide. The product will self-destruct on its own.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:37 PM   #34
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Heh heh. Greedy little bastards...
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:37 PM   #35
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Very brave going against apple like that!
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:39 PM   #36
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They are asking for two brazillian dollars.
Two neatly trimmed dollars?
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:39 PM   #37
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:40 PM   #38
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First Samsung and now this Brazillian company?

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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:44 PM   #39
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Interesting. Quite a surprising headline. Had apple never pursued a trademark at all in Brazil? Would think that given this firm's recent bankruptcy issues Apple would have sensed weakness and worked the issue with them to get the rights.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:44 PM   #40
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This is hilarious. I, for one, hope they keep the trademark and use it instead of selling to Apple. They are the rightful owners, after all.
I think it's hilarious too.

Ballsy!
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:45 PM   #41
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wth is that thing running, looks like android 1 lol
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:47 PM   #42
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That doesn't get to the heart of the matter. They don't have to call it an IPHONE just because they CAN. They are clearly trying to get Apple's attention.
Agreed. It's clearly NOT and iPhone in hardware look or UI... they could have called it anything else.

I'd be surprised if someone confused this for a real Apple branded iPhone. But maybe things are different in Brazil
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:48 PM   #43
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This is what you get when an American company tries to bring jobs to Brazil's tortured economy. I'd tell the Brazilian government to handle it or I'd pull out every job I was planning on bringing there and dump them in whatever country is closest that isn't full of cheating pricks. Hell, I'd pull the iPhone itself from the country. In the rest of the world we get the iPhone, but in Brazil you get the cheesy piece of crap IPHONE. Congrats, the world thinks you are morons.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:50 PM   #44
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:51 PM   #45
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That's pretty funny. They form a company because they have the IPHONE trademark. They come up with a computer rendering of a phone and pretend like they will sell it. Apple gives them 60 Million for the name. They never had to actually build a phone. They retire.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:51 PM   #46
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Android manufacturers copying Apple? Unheard of.
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Buyers will get confused? People tend to look at which device they are buying before they put their money on it.
Agreed. It's not like ANYONE would mistake that ugly husk for an iPhone made by Apple . . . EVER.

I think what they are doing a cheap shot, but hey, everyone's gotta make money some how. When Apple fleeces it's users for a warranty or a memory upgrade it's okay though right folks?

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Let's not bring up what Apple charges for adapters and memory upgrades.
Beat me to it.

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First Samsung and now this Brazillian company?

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Because Apple never copied ANYTHING from ANYONE ever?

We really need to remind people what iOS 1.0 looked like before Apple pulled many a feature from:

Android
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:51 PM   #47
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So, this is just a blatant money grab, right?

Isn't it with everything related to consumer goods.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:53 PM   #48
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This is hysterical.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:57 PM   #49
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The phone only came-out now because of a giant reorganization that took place on the company to avoid bankruptcy, so not a money grab, they were once a big brand in Brazil that could compete with Sony and other TV brands.
If this is true, fine. The question is, did they manufacture/release any phones from 2000 on and did they also release any new phones during the reorganization period?

And if they were such a big brand that could compete with other big name brands, why wait until now to release a phone with the iPhone name? Perhaps it is what all people here are saying: the company reorganized to decrease debt and remain afloat, they finally released the iPhone they were hoping for when they originally got the trademark back in 2000, AND it's a money grab hoping for a payout to pay off other debt.

After all, there is no problem with them using the iPhone name when they own the trademark for it, but their timing is questionable and suspicious; especially when Apple is ramping up their presence in Brazil.
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Old Dec 18, 2012, 01:58 PM   #50
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That phone is ugly and doesn't deserve the iPhone name (whether it is in all caps or not).
You have to deserve names now and not simply own them before other companies do?
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