HTC One Mini banned in the UK
It takes a lot to be banned in the UK – even Nigel Farage and Nick Griffin are free to walk the streets, drinking pints and inciting hatred. But there’s been no such lenience for the naughty HTC One Mini phone, which has been the subject of a mega ongoing lawsuit from Finnish company Nokia.
Nokia claim that HTC nicked patented technology from them, and a UK judge has decided that Nokia are right –so the product is now effectively banned. The hardware has been described as a ‘modular structure for a transmitter and a mobile station’, for which HTC failed to obtain a licence.
HTC (now an acronym for Holy Titting Crap) were beside themselves because the HTC One Mini is their flagship phone, and there will literally be no sales of it in the UK.
However, there is some relief for the firm, as Judge Richard Arnold has delayed a similar injunction on the HTC One, which is still on sale. That’s to protect their business interests in the short term, while simultaneously slapping them on the wrist.
Even so, HTC have vowed to appeal the decision and deny that they’re dirty stealing tramps. Meanwhile, we can only assume that the HTC One Mini will become something of a collectors item – a holy grail thing, like a shiny Panini sticker or a Star Trek Pog.