Police force Meizu to close CeBIT booth due to Apple iPhone knock-off

“Meizu has been removed from the show floor at the CeBIT technology expo over copyright issues for its MiniOne smartphone, according to a new report by Germany’s Heise,” Electronista reports.

“Local police on Wednesday morning declared the booth closed and insisted on the removal of virtually every item on display, including marketing pamphlets as well as demonstration models,” Electronista reports.

“Meizu has not commented on the action, which brings a premature end to its presence at the Hanover show,” Electronista reports.

More in the full article here.

47 Comments

  1. Maybe this is the thin edge of the wedge: China’s state owned free enterprise telephone companies won’t let Apple and iphone into China unless and until its own iPhone manufacturers dominate the market already. Like Meizu?

  2. It should go nicely with a Rollex watch and a Louie Vuitton handbag.

    Good luck to the suckers that buy this cheap wannabe and need Windows Mobile tech support.

    There are still rip-offs of the Bondi Blue iMac on sale in China. And five dollar copies of Vista sealed in bags with stolen Disney logos.

  3. Not much of an end to the Chinese pirates, though.

    Last weekend, I was in Chinatown (NYC). Plenty of fake 2nd gen Nanos, Touches and even iPhones in quite a few brick-and-mortar stores. These are no fly-by-night places either; most of them have existed (under same ownership/management) for at least 17 years (I’ve seen their children grow…!). They sell them alongside other name brands (Creative, Samsung, Sansa), shrink-wrapped, with full warranty. These are the usual ‘General merchandise’ stores that sell all sorts of cheap stuff for your home: from electronics (CD players, cordless phones, boomboxes), to housewares (coffee and rice makers, food processors) to various car accessories, batteries, chargers, blank tapes / CDs, porn (VHS/DVD), audio gear (home and car), jewelry, etc… It is obviously all legal, since nobody has challenged it once in (at least) 17 years (since I came to NYC). And Chinatown is not the only place in the city with fake iPods either; some of those typical tourist-type consumer electronic stores in Midtown Manhattan (the ones with shop windows packed with digital cameras, camcorders, laptops, binoculars, audio players, etc) also have these cheap knock-offs, right alongside the real ones. I’m sure though, that they are selling the real ones without authorisation from Apple, i.e. they’re just buying them directly in bulk from someone like MacMall, where they can get them a bit cheaper, then re-selling them to tourists for more than the normal US retail (which is still cheaper than in the rest of the world).

    What I wonder is why is Apple (or NYC DA) letting this slide under the radar?

  4. GmanMac,
    I think C1’s comments refer to the possibility of running full scale iChat video conferencing via the iPhone. It’s not possible right now with the ARM processor, but should be in a generation or two of the iPhone.

  5. “It is obviously all legal, since nobody has challenged it once . . .”

    Not getting caught or prosecuted is not a measure of legality (in the U.S.). Most minor credit card thefts are not chased down because of the overwhelming cost of investigation and prosecution. Identity theft is profitable with very little risk of prosecution. Half of all murders in the U.S. go unsolved each year which is up from 30% from a few years ago.

  6. What a great looking phone! The major improvement—not that it was that hard—is the replacement of the useless toy OS Apple uses on the I-Phone with Microsoft’s wonderful Windows Mobile. I bet this doesn’t cost an arm and a leg either. Buh-bye Apple.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  7. GmanMac seems to have missed the point. Cubert didn’t. We all know that the “cameras” in cell phones are “somewhat lacking” – in several respects. Sort of like the point-and-shoot cameras from the ’50s and ’60s. You’d get a recognizable picture, just don’t go enlarging it too much or anything. The lenses were – and are, again – pretty limited – no focus, no zoom, no choices at all. But … it’s a PHONE, fer Christ’s sake!
    Joining in a video-conference from on the road is a major thing for the Enterprise crowd. Today they mostly need to use their laptops, if it matters to them. And it should. It really should. And Apple should be making this point to them … with the MBA or MBP taking the lead.
    Dave

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