After a major victory in its ongoing fight with Samsung last Friday, Apple has requested an injunction that would bar 8 smartphones from being sold in America.
Right after a court found that several Samsung phones infringe on Apple’s patents, Apple has asked that the following 8 smartphone models be stopped: Galaxy S 4G, Galaxy S 2 (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint Epic 4G Touch and Skyrocket models), Galaxy Prevail, and Droid Charge.
Despite the age of these units, and the emergence of successors that have been available since June, a rapid check with the affected carriers shows that these Smartphone is still available. With the exception of the AT&T model of the original Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S 4G, all of the listed Smartphone is available at carriers now. AT&T, Boost, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon still carry the mobile phones at prices ranging from free to $149 with a two-year contract.
The cheap price is probably why Apple wants a sales ban. Android’s ascension to the main smartphone platform has been in part in due to its range of options and cost. If Apple can successfully stop the sale of various low-cost mobile phones that were at one point cutting-edge, it increases the likelihood that buyers may opt to obtain an iPhone.