Ottawa phone startup’s fundraising bid dropped over copycat allegations

CBC news | Sept 19, 2017

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Crowdfunding site shut down campaign amid allegations Ottawa company's phone was copy of Chinese model

An Ottawa-based mobile phone company's crowdfunding efforts were shut down Tuesday morning amid allegations the phone they were offering was a copy of an existing model.

Moe Omer, the co-founder of mobile phone company frank., told CBC News that Indiegogo contacted him saying several members of the public had contacted them, reporting his phone was a copy of a phone already manufactured in China.

See: Ottawa Teen's Low-Cost Smartphone To Take On Apple & Samsung

Omer said he explained that the phone's pre-made mold already existed on an online marketplace called Alibaba, but they were making custom improvements and that their edge is that by making a bulk order, they can lower the price.

Indiegogo promised to follow up, Omer said.

"Then we were shut down without notice," he said.

A yellow banner tops the web page now, reading "This campaign has been closed by Trust and Safety due to a violation of our Terms of Use."

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