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iPhone could be banned from Iran to – allegedly – fight smuggling in the country

Something tells me that this is not their biggest concern right now, but, in any case, our friends from the Middle East are on the verge of losing the possibility of buying iPhones. Government officials from Go are threatening to ban the Apple smartphone across the country to an extent that, they say, will serve to curb the widespread problem of smuggling.

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A report from Tasmin News Agency, translated into English by The Japan Times, details the recent Iranian government anti-smuggling initiative. As Apple does not officially operate in the country, the market for illegal iPhones is huge there; therefore, the director of the initiative stated that if Ma does not register to start operating officially in Iran, iPhones will basically be banned from the country.

To put this plan into practice, Teer plans to create a registration system for all phones sold in the country so that, in order to work, any mobile device purchased must go through this process. In other words, as iPhones cannot be registered because they are clandestine products, the measure will effectively make Apple smartphones stop working on Iran.

According to the report, this measure, at least initially, is not retroactive, that is, it would affect only new devices from the moment of its validity. Tomorrow, in related news: sale of smuggled iPhones has increased by 10,000% in Iran before being banned.

Apparently, mobile operators and representatives of Iranian cell phone vendors are supporting and collaborating with the measure (no kidding!), But other institutions see the novelty with a foot behind. Some dedicated to human rights, such as Amnesty International, warn of the restriction of freedom of expression and privacy that may be a consequence of the initiative since the alleged registration could be used for dark purposes, such as the espionage of dissidents, journalists and other ill-considered elements for the government.

For its part, Apple does not have much to do: sanctions imposed by the UN greatly limit the commercial relations of US companies with Iran; despite this, it is noted that Ma began to discuss with distributors in the country with the hope that the restrictions will be relaxed in the near future. Regarding the matter, Apple has not yet issued any official comment.

(via AppleInsider)