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@ 3GSM: iPhone Draws Suspicion And Imitation

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Apple’s iPhone has drawn a mixture of suspicion and admiration at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, with T-Mobile’s CEO Hamid Akhavan making clear concern over Steve Jobs’ selection of Cingular as an exclusive US carrier for the device. The tie-up was announced at January’s Macworld in a new approach to the mobile industry’s conventional subsidized but largely open handset model, in what could mark a move toward device-driven trading models.

Asked for his views, Hamid Akhavan said in a keynote panel it was not yet a worry. “It could become concerning, we don’t know,” he said. “A surprising aspect is the aspect of exclusivity. This doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with promoting usage – as soon as you limit yourself to a certain supplier, you limit yourself. It’s not 100 percent clear what the benefits of this exclusivity are. This could become concerning if not managed. We don’t know what the success of iPhone will be … it’s not guaranteed that this model is successful. The iTunes phone model wasn’t as successful as expected. There are a number of competing offers.”

Apple is supposedly not present at 3GSM, having eschewed the world’s largest mobile gathering to announce its device at its own summit last month. But the iPhone effect is ripping through the halls regardless, as a glut of new handsets is launched with “iPhone” comparisons in the press release, and other handset makers react to Jobs’ gadget:
Neonode N2: Probably the most obvious imitator of the bunch, the N2 also includes a gesture-based that allows for interaction by sweeping fingers across the screen.
Nokia: CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo challenged Jobs to “turn mindshare into market share“.
Samsung: Apparently, they have launched an “iPhone-killer”.
Toshiba: Yes, another “iPhone-killer“. How does it follow that these devices are conventional smartphones with slide-out keyboards, yet challengers to Apple’s device?

3 Responses to “@ 3GSM: iPhone Draws Suspicion And Imitation”

  1. Actually the Neonode N1 was designed 2002 and released 2004. So I'd say Iphone actually has a bit more of copying from the Neonode rather than the other way around. And if you really want to find the true origin of design pattern you'd have to look decades backwards. Most thing has already been invented by someone else; its more of a way to use and packaging of the invetions.

    As an example; Most of the technology used in the newest Intel processors are actually originating from the 60's from high end systems from IBM and others.

  2. touchscreen is a new trend in the mobile devices and will be adapted to smartphones through out the line in the future. Apple is early adapter in this and others will follow. Future will show who wins in this interface game. I love the touchscreen concept. Iphone and LG Prada are the hottest I think.

  3. anonymous

    Don't agree with your comments that companies like Neonode are "Imitating" the iPhone. It takes a long time to develop a new phone and bring it to market. It would be virtually impossible for a company to take a newly unveiled handset like the iPhone and imitate it within weeks and bring a functioning clone to market. It would be a lot more accurate to state that companies like NeoNode are developing products with similar interface innovation concepts and that products like the iPhone clearly aren't the only game in town for innovation. Certainly Apple has done a great "Jobs" of creating buzz for their product but to give them all the credit for being the only innovators and inventors and calling others the imitators is really selling companies like Neonode short. Buzz doesn't mean you invented something – it just means your winning the marketing game.