Alkotel denies copying iPhone 6 with new handset


Alkotel’s TeXet iXmaxi smartphone

Alkotel has defended claims that its new TeXet iX-maxi smartphone is a cheap imitation  of Apple’s hugely popular iPhone 6. The new model will go on sale in Russia in mid-February for around $179 compared to an asking price of $978 for the bottom-of-the-range iPhone 16GB model. “The idea was to create an i-style design for those who do not like the iOS [operating system] or Apple’s policies,” the director of Alkotel’s GSM department Alexei Ryazantsev said. “All Android smartphone vendors could file lawsuits against each other claiming that their products were copies.” rbth