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There's a new official iphone out this week, but it's only available in Brazil and it doesn't run iOS 6, the latest incarnation of Apple's smartphone OS. In fact, it runs Android. The Associated Press reports that Brazilian consumer electronics maker Gradiente has begun marketing a device under the iphone brand after being …

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  1. chipxtreme
    WTF?

    700mhz single core but has 2GB ram? Something not right there.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      However you dress it up, the phone is sh*t.

      1. hplasm Silver badge
        Gimp

        Re:AC

        Only if you dress it up with iOS 6.

    2. An ominous cow herd

      Re: 2GB ram

      It hasn't 2 GB RAM. What it has is a 2GB memory card included in the box.

  2. Justin Clements

    One Year At Most

    I reckon they'll do this for one year at the most. Very simply, they will confuse customers as to what the device is (it's not an Apple iPhone) and they'll have massive numbers of returns. Worse still, retailers will be put off selling an iPhone that isn't because they'll be getting them back and sorting out this mess.

  3. Dazed and Confused Silver badge

    How long

    Till Cupertino does what it always does when it goofs and forgets to acquire the rights to some name or other after launching a product. It buys the name.

    If these guys registered the name in 2000 then they own the name in Brazil.

    The problem won't be the iphone, it will be when these guys get the sales of iPhones stopped. Now this isn't going to make them many friends. But Apple are going to need to come to the table and sort out a deal. Lets face it, Apple ain't going to choose to rename their product are they.

    1. Sean Timarco Baggaley

      Re: How long

      "[Apple] buys the name.

      I suspect it'd be easier to just buy the company.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Why would Apple obey the Law?

    Is clearly thinks it's above the Law everywhere else.

  5. Bob Vistakin
    Pint

    Nice one!

    Is it just me, or does it really seem everywhere you look these days more and more people are taking the piss out of Apple?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Nice one!

      "more and more people are taking the piss out of Apple?"

      I'm not sure you've fully understood the distinction between taking the piss and pointing out that the emperor has no clothes.

      Or maybe you're alluding to the fact that in Apple's case, both apply. That would be correct.

    2. Thomas 4

      Re: Nice one!

      Apple is the new Microsoft. Microsoft is the new RIM. RIM is the new Symbian. Symbian is the new plot in the graveyard.

    3. Jemma Silver badge

      Re: Nice one!

      Whats more to the point is that no-one downvoted you for saying so. Are Apple fanbois a dying breed? one can but hope.

  6. Matt 21

    Seems like

    a pretty poor phone but it'll be interesting to see what Apple's next move is.

    BTW What does "through 2018." mean? Are you going for the American "thru 2018"? If that's the case I think in English it should be "until 2018" or "until the end of 2018".

    1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

      Re: Seems like

      Probably the length they can hold the trademark for

  7. El Presidente
    Windows

    Brazil a 'developing country' ?

    5th largest economy in the world. Inequitable, yes, but developing?

    1. AceRimmer

      Re: Brazil a 'developing country' ?

      Developing in that the economy hasn't fully matured yet.

      Bit like a baby elephant, just because its fucking big doesn't stop it being a baby!

      1. El Presidente
        Windows

        Re: Brazil a 'developing country' ?

        "Countries with more advanced economies than other developing nations, but which have not yet fully demonstrated the signs of a developed country, are categorized under the term newly industrialized countries"

        It's on wikipedia so it must be true (belms)

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Developing_country#List_of_developing_economies

  8. Andy_H

    Slipping already!

    So they can only use the lowercase 'p' but yet their statement contains an uppercase 'P' - is that Apple knocking at the door?

    1. tony2heads

      Re: Slipping already!

      Maybe its the letter thorn Þ

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