It is now impossible (or almost) to buy an Oppo or OnePlus phone in Germany, the fault of… Nokia.
This is news that is bound to have its effect. The two Chinese brands Oppo and OnePlus have just been simply banned from sale on German territory. Behind this unprecedented court decision is actually hiding another big name in telephony: Finland’s Nokia.
The latter is indeed at the origin of many projects concerning technologies around 5Ge and its integration into smartphones. Having filed a complaint with the German courts, the Scandinavian brand was heard and Oppo products like OnePlus are now untraceable on the other side of the Rhine.
At least on paper, because in fact it is still possible to buy phones from the two Chinese brands via third-party resellers, surely while stocks last. The two firms obviously did not remain unanswered, but they used two very different strategies.
Oppo and OnePlus: two different crisis strategies
At Oppo, the speech is rather pessimistic and the decision of the Munich court seems accepted. The brand said that it was still possible to use a device without any restrictions and that future updates would still be available for German users.
Regarding OnePlus, the speech is different. A spokesperson for the brand communicated on the subject. According to him, the brand is trying to find a compromise with Nokia to end this affair and continue to sell smartphones on German soil. Because the market is big in Germany, one of the most interesting in Europe for the two firms.
Cumulatively, they now represent nearly one smartphone in 10. A real financial windfall therefore, but the two companies go even further. Indeed, the Munich court decision risks setting a precedent that could weigh in the balance in other lawsuits between Asian firms and the historic Scandinavian manufacturer.
Nokia: the smartphone phoenix
With this position, Nokia could very well launch proceedings in France, Italy or the United Kingdom. It would therefore be very interesting for OnePlus and Oppo to quickly find a solution and an agreement to end this dispute. The main source of hope for both brands seems to be the agreement between Nokia and Oppo.
The latter ended in 2018, but it shows that discussion is possible and that in exchange for financial compensation (probably substantial) Oppo and OnePlus could return to the German market in the coming weeks.
Update with the official response from Oppo France
“As the owner of numerous 5G patents, OPPO values the role of intellectual property in innovation. We are accustomed to establishing cross-licensing agreements with many leading companies and are committed to promoting a healthy intellectual property ecosystem. The day after OPPO and Nokia’s 4G contract expired, Nokia immediately took legal action after demanding an unreasonably high renewal fee.
Our long-term commitment to the German market remains the same and we are working proactively with affected parties to resolve the ongoing issue. Apart from the temporary suspension of sales and marketing of affected products through OPPO-owned channels, OPPO will continue to operate in Germany. During this time, users can continue to use OPPO products, access after-sales services, receive future operating system updates, and more. »
This situation only concerns Germany. Other markets are not affected. The injunction is limited to a temporary suspension of sales and marketing of the affected products through OPPO-owned channels in Germany.