Nokia not-so-smart 阿傻 phone

Tech blogs are now labelling Nokia's Lumia Mobile Phone as the "prostitute" phone because Lumia in Spanish means Prostituta..

A friend also commented that Nokia Asha range of mobile phone may not do well in Chinese speaking community. Asha in Hindu means Hope, but in Chinese, it sounds like  阿傻 where 傻 means silly or stupid.  阿傻 is also a slang for calling somebody silly.

Can you imagine a telco salesperson asking a potential customer, "Hello, do you want to buy a  阿傻 mobile phone from Nokia?"

Customer, "No.. I want is smartphone, not a 傻 phone."


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