Taiwanese minister pushes iPhone 5, causes outrage

As you’re no doubt aware, the GFC has left most countries facing a variety of economic concerns. In Taiwan (home to companies such as Acer, Asus, and HTC), there’s concern over decreasing exports, with many fearing that this may signal that the world no longer sees the country as a technology powerhouse.

These fears became even more apparent on Saturday when the Taiwanese Information Minister, Hu Yu-wei, used the iPhone 5 as the hero product in a Facebook post encouraging consumption (which should in turn help the economy). Critics slammed the post for using an iPhone 5 over a device from the Taiwanese smartphone giant, HTC, despite the fact that Foxconn – the famous manufacturer of the iPhone – is in fact a Taiwanese company.

Apparently, Taiwanese ministers are quite used to criticism over smartphone choices, and Hu quickly jumped to his own defence stating that he does in fact use a HTC One S as his everyday phone, and that he regularly hands HTC devices to foreign dignitaries as gifts. He did however state that he was ‘considering’ purchasing an iPhone 5.

Some critics posed the question “Can you imagine the South Korean government spokesman speaking out for iPhone 5 on his Facebook page?” - obviously not remembering that US President Barack Obama has been a strong supporter of BlackBerry devices, which are a product of the Canadian company, RIM, thus snubbing the various US brands on offer.

Source: The Verge

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fuzi0719 said,
Obama uses Blackberry because they have special models certified as secure by the Secret Service.

When Obama got elected the security services tried to stop him from using his BB.

thealexweb said,

When Obama got elected the security services tried to stop him from using his BB.


Obama is so in love with BB, why didn't he try to undermine RIM when the management was still crappy as hell?

Anyhows, I think he's now using an iPhone, I could be mistaken, but yeah, he really loves BlackBerry

GS:mac

Enron said,
I guess since the Lumia 920 isn't out yet, he has no choice.

The Lumia 920 is a great phone but what are you basing your comment on exactly? xD

thealexweb said,

The Lumia 920 is a great phone but what are you basing your comment on exactly? xD

multiple layers, in fact:
- the fact that Nokia still haven't released the phone.
- the Lumia 920 is a phone so hyped that when released it's gonna smash the competition.

so in a single sentence he bashed all the phones.

Well if Foxconn is a Taiwanese company then Taiwan is still making exports in the shape of mobile components.
Whatever to the business scenario....Iphone 5...really.

Liaqat_ali said,
Well if Foxconn is a Taiwanese company then Taiwan is still making exports in the shape of mobile components.
Whatever to the business scenario....Iphone 5...really.

The company is Taiwanese owned, but it's manufacturing plants are on mainland China, so most of the exports come from mainland China.

Brony said,
iphone is a chinese product so i don't think how it is bad.
American actually as it was designed by an American company.

testman said,
American actually as it was designed by an American company.

British, actually, as it was designed by a Brit.... :-)

diabulos said,

British, actually, as it was designed by a Brit.... :-)

And it's internals use a lot of tech from ARM a British company, no single country can take all the credit for a product anymore.