A copycat is a person or thing who copies another’s behaviour, dress, or ideas. You only need to take one look at the Bontel 8110 to tell that it is one. It is a shameless rip-off of Nokia’s 8110 4G slider phone.
Have you ever wondered why a person who imitates another is called a copycat and not a copymonkey? We all know monkeys do a lot of imitation. I have dug around a bit and it does not seem that anyone knows any longer why cats got the honour. But this article says the first recorded use of term was in 1887.
Anyway, have a look at the Bontel 8110 feature phone and compare it with Nokia’s design.
The Bontel 8110:
Nokia 8110 4G:
It is a blatant copy job; right? Here is the Bontel with the slider out:
The external hardware is where the similarities end though. While the Nokia 8110 4G is a smart feature phone with 4G internet capabilities, an app store, and social media app support, Bontel’s copy job is a bare-bones feature phone for voice and SMS. And it costs around N5,000.
The Bontel 8110 does not even support GPRS internet, talk less of 3G or 4G. It isn’t much of a threat to the Nokia 8110 4G. Though the Nokia phone really does not need competition. I am still not sure why a smart feature phone with its capabilities should be selling for over N20,000 in the market.
That is one expensive feature phone. You will find more capable smartphones in the market for about the same price or slightly less.
Back to the topic though, is there a chance that Bontel got permission from HMD Global to use the Nokia 8110’s design? Who are we going to ask now?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.