Iran Threatens to Ban iPhones and Collect Units Already in the Nation

Posted by at 10:39 am on July 19, 2016


The Iranian Government officials in Iran have threatened to ban iPhones from the country, and ‘collect’ existing ones, unless Apple appoints an official representative in the country.

“If Apple will not register an official representative in Iran within the next few days, all iPhones will be collected from the market,” Tasnim News Agency quoted the director of Iran’s anti-smuggling office as having said on Sunday.

The move is said to be aimed at countering the smuggling of smartphones into the country …


Japan Times reports that the government will require all mobile phones to be registered with Iran’s telecommunications user database, and will ban the use of non-registered phones.

Mobile operators and phone sellers are all said to be cooperating with the project, but the move is likely to raise concerns about the use to which the data may be put. Amnesty International’s annual report on Iran says that the government has ‘severely curtailed the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, arresting and imprisoning journalists, human rights defenders, trade unionists and others who voiced dissent, on vague and overly broad charges.

The Tehran IT union has also expressed concern about the risks of the database being hacked.

U.N. sanctions against Iran limit the ability of U.S. companies to sell their products and have representatives in Iran.

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