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HTC One Mini - if you want one, buy it NOW

A UK sales ban of the HTC One Mini will be in place from December 6!

A London judge sided with Nokia who complained that the small One
infringed on a number of Nokia-owned patents

The HTC One Mini
is the shrunken version of HTC's award-winning One.

Why no immediate ban? Well, HTC has the chance to appeal the judgement,
but "according to Nokia’s officials, HTC has agreed not to import the HTC One and One mini into the UK pending the appeal."

via SoftPedia

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matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 3, 2013 at 20:47

Meh, I can't see too many people being bothered. It was disclosed during the case than HTC have only sold 750,000 phones in total in the UK this year. Not exactly fantastic in a first world nation with 60 million plus inhabitants.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 3, 2013 at 20:58

Oops...

Networks here in Ireland are pushing the One Mini big time. Special offers, posters blah blah blah...
But yes... HTC are definitely not doing so well. I see a lot of people in my offline worklife, and I have yet to see someone with a HTC One - nevermind the Mini variant.

BEEPBEEP123  Dec. 4, 2013 at 10:13

Does this mean you won't even be able to buy it cheaper and second hand from an online retailer like Amazon, too? Because that's what I was planning to do.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 4, 2013 at 11:25

Good question.

krogothnx  Dec. 4, 2013 at 12:00

Meh, I can't see too many people being bothered. It was disclosed during the case than HTC have only sold 750,000 phones in total in the UK this year. Not exactly fantastic in a first world nation with 60 million plus inhabitants.

that's still a gigantic amount of revenue.

If their phones cost (on average, across all the phones they've actually been selling in the UK this year) £250 each, that's £187,500,000. Almost 200 million.

'only' 750,000 phones sold in one country in one year sounds like a pretty good win to me.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 4, 2013 at 15:17

Meh, I can't see too many people being bothered. It was disclosed during the case than HTC have only sold 750,000 phones in total in the UK this year. Not exactly fantastic in a first world nation with 60 million plus inhabitants.

that's still a gigantic amount of revenue.

If their phones cost (on average, across all the phones they've actually been selling in the UK this year) £250 each, that's £187,500,000. Almost 200 million.

'only' 750,000 phones sold in one country in one year sounds like a pretty good win to me.

HTC's bank balance seems to disagree with you; they're not exactly rolling in cash at the moment.

Remember that 20% of that £250 is VAT and another large chunk of it goes on covering costs, revenue is an almost irrelevant figure when trying to estimate how well a business is performing, profit is what matters.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 4, 2013 at 15:21

Does this mean you won't even be able to buy it cheaper and second hand from an online retailer like Amazon, too? Because that's what I was planning to do.
I think, but don't quote me on it, that the ban prevents original sale of the phone, 2nd hand sales are still possible as far as I know.

I guess one way to tell would be find another product which has been banned and see if you can still buy that 2nd hand on eBay or Amazon.

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