Iran threatens iPhone ban in bid to stanch smuggled smartphone sales

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in iPhone edited July 2016
A new anti-smuggling initiative set to debut in Iran later this week could result in an effective iPhone ban until Apple agrees to officially do business in the country as a registered entity, local reports say.




According to a Tasnim News Agency report on Monday, later translated by The Japan Times, government officials intend to enact a set of anti-smuggling rules that will, in effect, ban the use iPhone if Apple does not act.

"If Apple will not register an official representative in Iran within the next few days, all iPhones will be collected from the market," the director of Iran's anti-smuggling office told reporters.

Specifically, Iran's government will implement a country-wide mobile phone registry in cooperation with cellular operators, telecommunications unions and resellers that requires all cellphones be registered with a central database prior to use. Since Apple is not recognized as a legitimate business, its products cannot be registered under the new guidelines. The ruleset is not retroactive, however, meaning existing iPhones -- smuggled or not -- will not be scrutinized.

Iran's government did not elaborate on how it plans to detect unregistered devices, though it can be assumed the system involves cross referencing device IDs with the anti-smuggling database as they show up on cellular networks. As for enforcement, a Tehran IT union representative suggested illegitimate iPhones will be confiscated.

Despite not having an official presence in Iran, Apple's products are in high demand through unauthorized resellers. Like other high-tech U.S. companies, Apple was barred from selling products in Iran due to trade sanctions, though reports in 2012 revealed a thriving "underground" market for iPhones and other off-limits hardware.

In 2013, following a relaxation of trade restrictions under the Obama administration, Apple announced it would restart sales to customers who planned to travel back to Iran. A year later rumors suggested the company was looking to set up a network of authorized resellers in the region, though an official presence has yet to materialize.
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  • Reply 1 of 33
    If there is no official presence yet in Iran, then every iPhone in the country is anyway imported. So, how does banning the iPhone affect Apple? I guess the only thing is that when Apple is finally ready to officially launch in Iran, there will be some extra red tape.
    latifbpfastasleepcali
  • Reply 2 of 33
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member
    With the nuclear deal haven't trade restrictions eased? Maybe Apple just has to fill out the paperwork. 
    edited July 2016
  • Reply 3 of 33
    redefilerredefiler Posts: 323member
    jfc1138 said:
    With the nuclear deal haven't trade restrictions eased? Maybe Apple just has to fill out the paperwork. 
    Thanks a lot.  I had almost made myself forget that President MomPants had helped nuclear arm another country in that region.

    Maybe Apple should wait to submit the paperwork until they stop shitting on women's rights and have laws where homosexuality is punishable by death?
    thewhitefalconTurboPGTjbdragonapple ][JanNL
  • Reply 4 of 33
    jfc1138jfc1138 Posts: 3,090member
    Actually that deal STOPS Iran's weapons plans. But thanks for playing. 

    Of course if Apple wanted to go that judgmental  route there's a lot of American states they'd have to stop selling in eh? Awkward. 
    edited July 2016 fastasleeptmaycalimessagepad2100nolamacguyjony0
  • Reply 5 of 33
    EsquireCatsEsquireCats Posts: 1,250member
    Seems like it's just going to annoy the wealthy portion of Iran and provide a lot of embarrassment for government officials if they or their children are seen using an iPhone. Meanwhile it's trivial to detect iPhones when they use web data.
    latifbptmaycalimessagepad2100jony0
  • Reply 6 of 33
    sricesrice Posts: 120member
    Take away their iPhones? Surely the quickest way to get overthrown. Good plan.
    messagepad2100jbdragonlatifbp
  • Reply 7 of 33
    When they tried to take my iPhone Iran.
    I ran so far away.
    jdunys
  • Reply 8 of 33
    cincyteecincytee Posts: 378member
    Stanch (v.): to check or stop the flowing of (stanched her tears), esp. to stop the flow of blood from (a wound)
    Staunch (adj.): devoted or loyal to a person, belief, or cause; water tight, sound
    lkruppusersinceos1
  • Reply 9 of 33
    frantisekfrantisek Posts: 751member
    How They will be calling CNN over FaceTime when kicked into back without their iPhones?
    cali
  • Reply 10 of 33
    jfc1138 said:
    Actually that deal STOPS Iran's weapons plans. But thanks for playing. 

    Of course if Apple wanted to go that judgmental  route there's a lot of American states they'd have to stop selling in eh? Awkward. 
    It was just revealed officially that Iran can have a weapon rather quickly under the deal. Your godking lied to you again. 
    lkruppTurboPGTjbdragonapple ][JanNL
  • Reply 11 of 33
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,172member
    So Apple refused to supply technology and support for the RNC but might set up shop in one of the most repressive regimes on the planet? 
  • Reply 12 of 33
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,172member
    cincytee said:
    Stanch (v.): to check or stop the flowing of (stanched her tears), esp. to stop the flow of blood from (a wound)
    Staunch (adj.): devoted or loyal to a person, belief, or cause; water tight, sound

    Well that’s what passes for journalism these days. The author probably didn’t understand what word he was using but it sounded right. 
  • Reply 13 of 33
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    jfc1138 said:
    Actually that deal STOPS Iran's weapons plans. But thanks for playing. 

    Of course if Apple wanted to go that judgmental  route there's a lot of American states they'd have to stop selling in eh? Awkward. 
    It was just revealed officially that Iran can have a weapon rather quickly under the deal. Your godking lied to you again. 
    "It was just revealed officially"????

    Can you do a little bit better than that on your source? 
    messagepad2100nolamacguy
  • Reply 14 of 33
    TurboPGTTurboPGT Posts: 355member
    flaneur said:
    It was just revealed officially that Iran can have a weapon rather quickly under the deal. Your godking lied to you again. 
    "It was just revealed officially"????

    Can you do a little bit better than that on your source? 
    Why is it that people always want sources (instead of looking it up for themselves), when its something they don't want to hear?

    It's almost as if this were a textbook human reaction or something...
    thewhitefalcon
  • Reply 15 of 33
    flaneurflaneur Posts: 4,526member
    TurboPGT said:
    flaneur said:
    "It was just revealed officially"????

    Can you do a little bit better than that on your source? 
    Why is it that people always want sources (instead of looking it up for themselves), when its something they don't want to hear?

    It's almost as if this were a textbook human reaction or something...
    You miss the point. I'm calling him out because he's using some slippery language there, indicating his source could be as dubious as he is. 

    I know this guy's posts very well. No way am I going to do any work to clean up sfter him.
    edited July 2016 messagepad2100nolamacguystourquejony0
  • Reply 16 of 33
    brakkenbrakken Posts: 687member
    'You have to do business in this country, or you're not doing business here!!'
    Um, how threatening...?
    messagepad2100
  • Reply 17 of 33
    lkrupp said:
    So Apple refused to supply technology and support for the RNC but might set up shop in one of the most repressive regimes on the planet? 


    Same reason why they still sell Apple products and services in the South.
    pbrstreetglatifbp
  • Reply 18 of 33
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    jfc1138 said:
    Actually that deal STOPS Iran's weapons plans. But thanks for playing. 

    Of course if Apple wanted to go that judgmental  route there's a lot of American states they'd have to stop selling in eh? Awkward. 
    It was just revealed officially that Iran can have a weapon rather quickly under the deal. Your godking lied to you again. 
    hmm yes could you please link to the portion of the deal that grants them nuclear weapons? hadnt heard that.
    jony0latifbp
  • Reply 19 of 33
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    TurboPGT said:
    flaneur said:
    "It was just revealed officially"????

    Can you do a little bit better than that on your source? 
    Why is it that people always want sources (instead of looking it up for themselves), when its something they don't want to hear?

    It's almost as if this were a textbook human reaction or something...
    actually no, its very common (and codified on some sites, i believe MR is one) that the person making a claim bears the burden for backing it up as anything other than their own personal or shared delusions. the burden of proof lies with the claimer.

    IOW, "Links, or it didn't happen"
    edited July 2016 pbrstreetgjony0
  • Reply 20 of 33
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    lkrupp said:
    So Apple refused to supply technology and support for the RNC but might set up shop in one of the most repressive regimes on the planet? 
    The Apple App of the week in Iran, will be an app that displays fireworks and has a counter, displaying the number of dead gays that have recently been killed, jailed and executed. :#


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