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  • Brazilian "iPhone" Knockoff Actually an Android Device


    Apple and Brazil have an interesting relationship. Their largest manufacturing partner Foxconn has a number of facilities there as production costs become cheaper than the traditionally inexpensive Chinese labor.

    Which is why this Brazilian “iPhone” is rather odd.

    A Brazilian electronics company called Gradiente claims to have exclusive rights to the “iphone” name in the country, and has released their own iPhone. The phone in question is an Android 2.3 device which is two full iterations behind the current 4.2 Jellybean build of Android utilized on recent flagship releases. The company claims it has the rights to Apple’s phone namesake until 2018 and will continue to use the name as part of corporate restructuring process according to the Associated Press.

    “In Brazil, Gradiente has the exclusive right to use the iPhone brand. This company will adopt all the measures used by companies around the world to preserve its intellectual property rights.” — Graiente Press Release
    Gradiente’s deceptive tactis are likely a last ditch effort to help the struggling electronics company buy time during the tail end of their restructuring process. Still, with specks like a 320 x 480pixel display, 700MHz single-core ARM processor, 2GB of storage and complete lack of multi-touch will only fool the technologically deft.

    However, Gradiente has a history of releasing subpar ripoffs, and cheap electronics. The company, founded in 1964, even released it's own licensed, but rebranded NES system in the 80's. Innovation doesn't appear to be one of the company's strong points.

    Sources: Gizmodo, Associated Press
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Brazilian "iPhone" Knockoff Actually an Android Device started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      Awesome. Put me down for 6.
    1. Raybeast's Avatar
      Raybeast -
      Here comes a lawsuit!
    1. Digitalfeind's Avatar
      Digitalfeind -
      They should have Apple pay them for the name and cash in, big time. They're not going to fool a lot of people into buying their phone in Brazil.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Digitalfeind View Post
      They should have Apple pay them for the name and cash in, big time. They're not going to fool a lot of people into buying their phone in Brazil.
      Or....Apple doesn't have to sell the iPhone in Brazil and let the citizens get pissed off enough to overturn their (Gradiente's) 'iPhone' exclusive rights
    1. ellersbee's Avatar
      ellersbee -
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      That looks absolutely nothing like an iPhone.
    1. rcm's Avatar
      rcm -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raybeast View Post
      Here comes a lawsuit!
      from who?, they are stealing from both apple and google
    1. MMX007's Avatar
      MMX007 -
      I can't believe it!
      I found an Apple exactly like the other Apple in my local supermarket same shape possibly with a bit different specification but I still bought it and ate it! Did I infringe any copyright? Answers on a postcard please. Amen! 😰
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Please stay on topic. Thanks.
    1. Gaijinboy's Avatar
      Gaijinboy -
      Does this mean Apple can't sell a product called "iPhone" in Brazil?
    1. rcm's Avatar
      rcm -
      I wonder what google has to say about their operating system being used on a cheap phone, called iphone.
    1. runey71's Avatar
      runey71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PokemonDesigner View Post
      That looks absolutely nothing like an iPhone. Stop being stupid.
      Stop being a troll. No one said it looked anything like an iPhone. It's called an iPhone because in Brazil Apple don't own the rights to the name. Read the article next time.
    1. dsjarvis's Avatar
      dsjarvis -
      Quote Originally Posted by PokemonDesigner View Post
      That looks absolutely nothing like an iPhone.
      I agree, but it's the name if the device "iPhone" not the appearance of it,is what the post is about
    1. truenorth's Avatar
      truenorth -
      On a business trip in Manila. Was accosted by street vendors and offered an 'iPhone 4' (shortly before the 5 was officially released here). I wasn't gonna buy but out of curiosity, I stopped to check out the phone. First thing I looked at was the back. It said 'Made in United States of America (sic)'.

      One may find real iPhones here but on the street, it's virtually 100% certain it's stolen. Imported legit ones sold in stores before official release are sold for almost $500 profit margin.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      That look nothing like an iPhone, so it is not a knockoff.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      That look nothing like an iPhone, so it is not a knockoff.
      Next time read the article first. It's not supposed to look like it, they are just using the name as stated a couple of times already.
    1. Digitalfeind's Avatar
      Digitalfeind -
      Quote Originally Posted by rcm View Post
      from who?, they are stealing from both apple and google
      How are they stealing from either?? They have the rights to use the name "iPhone" to sell their product.
    1. rcm's Avatar
      rcm -
      They have the rights to the name iPhone, but does that mean you can have android on a phone, with the name of it's biggest rival, after all, the court battle between Apple and Samsung have gone from simple design conflicts, to the size of the icons. In the end they may have the rights to use the name iPhone, but i think it's a different story when it comes to the OS. Also, they are using a 2 year old OS, so is Google even aware that phones are still being made with such an old version of it?, cuz even the chinese knockoffs have updated a bit.
    1. runey71's Avatar
      runey71 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rcm View Post
      They have the rights to the name iPhone, but does that mean you can have android on a phone, with the name of it's biggest rival, after all, the court battle between Apple and Samsung have gone from simple design conflicts, to the size of the icons. In the end they may have the rights to use the name iPhone, but i think it's a different story when it comes to the OS. Also, they are using a 2 year old OS, so is Google even aware that phones are still being made with such an old version of it?, cuz even the chinese knockoffs have updated a bit.
      Google may not like it but there is nothing in their terms and conditions that would prevent it. Apple may have some recourse to do something about it considering how closely linked the name iPhone is to their product. That really depends on the Brazilian courts though.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
      The company claims it has the rights to Apple’s phone namesake until 2018 and will continue to use the name as part of corporate restructuring process according to the Associated Press.
      What type of restructuring does Gradiente think its going to perform/achieve by blatantly using somebody else's name??? It's not like Apple will submit and give them the rights to the name. Also, as I stated earlier, Apple doesn't even have to sell their devices in Brazil which leaves the country in the same economic position it has already been in.

      I wouldn't be surprised if Brazil's government steps in and forces Gradiente to release the rights to that name since Apple's commercial and residential presence in the country will boost their economy!