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Why do some phones have different names in different countries?

Why do mobile manufacturers bother giving phones different names in different countries? Like where the hell did Milestone come from?!?! Droid is much better!!

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 9, 2011 at 09:51

No idea... annoying as hell, if you ask me. I am sure the manufacturers will claim cultural reasons (Nokia's "Lumia" is spanish for "prostitute") - pronunciation, word-associations yada yada yada... I reckon it's also convenient if a phone is released in one country and flops, they can rebrand it. It's more difficult for the user or potential buyers, or mobot mod to find ALL relevant info etc etc ....

The automobile industry started using linguistic computer programs in the late 70s to make sure car model names work in as many countries as possible. This seems to be reversed in recent years.

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 9, 2011 at 18:40

They are actually different phones. Different model number justifies a different name. Phones might look the same, but insides are different. Wireless band support would be primary example.

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