Samsung: We Won’t Block the iPhone 4S in South Korea — Just Everywhere Else


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In a twist that’s left many scratching their heads, Apple’s rival Samsung dropped plans to block iPhone 4S sales on its home turf of South Korea… the one place they could really hope for a reasonable chance at a court win. After a long-running debate, the Android-maker reportedly decided not to battle Apple in its home country because they do not need to “gain more market share in Korea,” a blustery position if there ever was one.

According to South Korea’s The Chosun Ilbo, the decision to not halt iPhone 4S sales came down to Samsung not wanting any bad PR. “We concluded that we should engage in legal battles with Apple only in the global market, but not in order to gain more market share in Korea,” a senior Samsung executive tells the newspaper.

The report is contrary to earlier comments attributed to Samsung executives in September, ahead of Apple unveiling what then was being referred to as the ‘iPhone 5.’ “Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung’s wireless technology related patents,” South Korea’s The Korea Times cited an unknown Samsung senior executive at the time.

It appears the change of heart is for home consumption, only. The move, on the heels of the iPhone 4S’ South Korean launch earlier this month, is perhaps designed to show domestic consumers the Samsung brand can compete fairly against the world’s most powerful smartphone brand without any court intervention.

The thinking does not extend to numerous court battles Samsung is waging against Apple throughout the world, however. Today’s reporting step-back from a similar court battle on Samsung’s home turf is also puzzling given the recent legal victories for the Android handset manufacturer. A court recently ordered Apple to turn over to Samsung details on the iPhone 4S source code, as well as details about its subsidy agreements with carriers. Additionally, despite the fractious court actions, Apple apparently plans to use Samsung to build A6 chips for next year’s iPhone and iPad.

  • gareth edwards

    When is all this madness gonna end?  Somebody tell Samsung to just get on with building really good kit and stop ‘arf inching Apple designs. It’s not like Samsung produce crap, surely their stuff is good enough to stand on its own merits without ‘borrowing’ so heavily from Apple?

  • Puka

    demand for iphone is high throughout the world. at the end, it’s the consumers who takes the beating. sure, halt the sales. of iphone in countries it’s not like people would start boycotting and stop buying samsung’s product as a strike right?

  • GrzegorzWidla

    They clearly made mistake with first Galaxy Tab 10,1″ and especially with first Galaxy S phone copying iPad and iPhone 3 respectively but if you have a look at everything they deliver from that time you will notice that their devices started to get unique, recognizable design features.
    Galaxy SII:
    Galaxy Nexus:
    Galaxy Tab 7″:

    They might not have the style of HTC yet but I think they are working on it slowly – they just can’t change drastically in a day.

    So to answer your question: there should be no more madness when this madness ends :)
    And it should end up soon.