Apple not allowed to use the name "iPhone" in México due to demand
The iPhone 5 will be available in Mexico on November 2. But, Apple might have some problems to use the name "iPhone" in this country due to legal problems. This monday a court denied the claim from Apple in this case against the mexican company iFone. This company was registered back in 2003 and it is focused on making technologies for call centers.
Eduardo Gallastegui, iFone's lawyer, says that the reason of this suit is that the iPhone has override the mexican homophone. The mexican jury has not been intimidated by the global company – Apple – and has said that they are in favor of the mexican company. They have asked for a compensation of up to 40% of the iPhone sales. This may affect all the mexican mobile carriers – Telcel, Iusacell and Movistar – in their iPhone sales because they might have to pay this money to the company iFone. Also, Apple may have to replenish the money.
Of course this petition is impossible to be accepted. Considering that every iPhone costs about 920 dolars in Mexico, iFone may receive up to 357 dolars for every iPhone sold.