Wankers Of The Day

March 31st, 2008at 09:32pm Posted by Eli

Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile:

So last week Deutsche Telekom, owners of the global T-Mobile brand, sent Engadget a late birthday present: a hand-delivered letter direct from their German legal department requesting the prompt discontinuation of the use of the color magenta on Engadget Mobile. Yep, seriously.

Granted, we get nastygrams from angry tech companies practically every day, but rarely regarding anything that’s not some piece of news we published that they’re livid about having out in the open. And irony of ironies, this whole use-of-magenta thing is precisely the topic we took up last year on behalf of DT.

We spoke with David Beigie, vice president of corporate communications for T-Mobile US, who offered: “As a trademark owner, from time to time Deutsche Telekom looks at usage that could lead to confusion in the marketplace. The letter sent by DT merely outlines these perspectives and is meant to simply open a dialogue. Engadget continues to pioneer forums for discussion of wireless industry developments and innovation. T-Mobile respects the role Engadget and its readers play in advancing dialog on these important topics.”

I mean, come on. What the hell were they thinking??? Please tell me they haven’t actually trademarked the color magenta.

Engadget also included this handy little chart, which I found quite useful:

Deutsche Telekom Engadget Mobile
Cellphone carrier Yep No
Distributor of telecom equipment Yep No
Likely to be mistaken for T-Mobile / Deutsch Telekom We certainly hope so No
Former state-owned monopoly Yep No
Has something against US 3G Apparently No
Has more than five friends Might not anymore Yep

Entry Filed under: Technology,Wankers,Weirdness


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