Nokia steals spotlight during Apple’s iPhone event with cheeky tweet

11 Sep 2013

Image tweeted by Nokia UK (@nokia_uk) in response to the iPhone 5c

All eyes were on Apple last night as the iPhone-maker unveiled two new handsets in Cupertino, California. But, when the colourful polycarbonate-encased iPhone 5c was revealed, it was Nokia’s UK team that had a winning response.

Quick off the mark, the Twitter account of Nokia UK posted a marketing image for its brightly coloured polycarbonate Lumia range along with the headline: “Imitation is the best form of flattery.”

Topped off with a cheeky “Thanks, #Apple ;)” in the tweet, Nokia’s response has already seen more than 30,000 retweets and more than 7,000 favourites at the time of writing, less than 24 hours after it appeared.

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Perhaps the social media team had this image in the works all along, as rumours of a plastic, colourful iPhone 5c have been circulating for months now. Either way, the move was a spark of genius and helped propel Nokia into the limelight during an event that was all about Apple.

The iPhone 5c directly targets a lower end of the market typically uninterested in Apple’s top-of-the-range devices. In branching out with a lower-cost model focusing on colour, Apple is stepping onto Nokia’s Lumia turf – and the Finnish phone-maker is not about to take it lying down.

The Nokia UK Twitter feed later followed with a response to the iPhone 5s that referenced popular TV show Breaking Bad.

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The iPhone 5c and higher-end iPhone 5s will reach 100 countries by December of this year.

Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic