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Apple iPhone to be sold in Iran?

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Apple iPhone to be sold in Iran?
Iranians may soon get their first look at the Apple iPhone. The U.S. on Friday eased restrictions on the exporting of communication equipment, including mobile phones, to Iran. The relaxing of the ban is being done in an effort to promote the political freedom of Iranians as Tehran tries to silence its citizens. The U.S.had tightened the ban in an effort to get Iran to stop developing nuclear weapons.

In a statement, the U.S. Treasury Department said, "The people of Iran should be able to communicate and access information without being subject to reprisals by their government," but added that the Iranian government itself, and a list of people on a list of "specially designated nationals" would still be subject to the ban.

"Lifting these sanctions is an extremely positive step. There was no better example of sanctions that undermined human rights and civil society efforts of Iranians, and helped the regime."-Jamal Abdi, policy director, National Iranian American Council

In the past, some Apple Stores would refuse to sell Apple iPhones or Apple iPads to customers it thought were of Iranian descent. Apple feared that the devices would be sent back to Iran to circumvent the ban. Last June, a woman at an Apple Store in Georgia was not allowed to purchase an Apple iPhone and an Apple iPad after a sales clerk heard her talking to her Uncle in Farsi.

source: BBC via Textually.org

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posted on 31 May 2013, 02:17 26

1. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


So Apple is not only a theif/patent troll selling overpriced toys for stupid people, they are also a racist company?

posted on 31 May 2013, 02:19 14

5. Naruto_Uzumaki (Posts: 26; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


i agree with you,man

posted on 31 May 2013, 15:18 4

122. Mehrzad_wayne (Posts: 10; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


The funny thing is that apple does not know from each 10 young people in Iran at least 2-3 have iPhone and upgrade it every single year ! Srly bro ! :D

posted on 01 Jun 2013, 02:33 1

141. Daniel.95 (Posts: 89; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Iranian aren't stupid they are so clever

and they dont have bad race their race is arya

iran means land of aryans

posted on 31 May 2013, 02:31 10

7. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Dumbass, actually read the post you blind Apple hater.
"The U.S. on Friday eased restrictions on the exporting of communication equipment, including mobile phones, to Iran. The relaxing of the ban is being done in an effort to promote the political freedom of Iranians as Tehran tries to silence its citizens. The U.S.had tightened the ban in an effort to get Iran to stop developing nuclear weapons."
Apple aren't racist.

posted on 31 May 2013, 02:36 21

10. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Dude, read the last sentence.
"Last June, a woman at an Apple Store in Georgia was not allowed to purchase an Apple iPhone and an Apple iPad after a sales clerk heard her talking to her Uncle in Farsi."

This is called RACIST, that clerk should be fired.

posted on 31 May 2013, 02:38 10

12. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Sorry, I understand where you are coming from, but they were Government regulations enforced by the Government. Yes it is VERY racist, but bureaucracy and the law has to come first, especially for a company like Apple which doesn't want to get on the bad side of the law. Thank god America has lifted these bans and regulations! A single store clerk does not represent Apples ideals and motives, that was a simple f**k up by an employee. Why wouldn't any big technology company turn down a purchase?!

posted on 31 May 2013, 03:13 1

22. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


It's on good side of law by not paying TAXES :)

posted on 31 May 2013, 05:37 3

53. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Get your facts correct, kid. They payed each and every dollar that they owed to. Tax avoiding strategies ≠ not paying taxes.

posted on 31 May 2013, 10:24 2

101. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


When an Iranian American was not allowed to purchase something because of them being Iranian descent, yes, it is racist. When Apple can't sell iPhone in Iran, that's government policy.

posted on 31 May 2013, 16:06

123. wlrottge (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


It's not based on race, go look into "dual use technology" to understand why the US limits exports of certain goods to some countries/regions.

There are a LOT of rules regarding what is/isn't an "export" and if those people were going to take the device back to a country where that export is banned, Apple would have broken the law if they knowingly sold the device. I have to go through training on this every year... there is more to it than meets the eye.

posted on 31 May 2013, 02:58 7

18. arashmoeen (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 May 2013)


it's not just apple that has to enforce these regulations, although I couldn't agree with you more on the fact that the clerk acted totally wrong, but hey it's not just Apple that is enforcing these rules into their business, a good example would be World of Warcraft, we've playing wow since it came out but suddenly Blizzard decided to ban all the accounts from Iran, with no refund. I'm pretty sure Blizzard itself doesn't hate Iranians as a race but mostly they do had to do it. Now explain to me the relation between playing games and political issues. :)

posted on 31 May 2013, 03:08 2

21. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Don't forget EA's Battlefield 3, it is banned in Iran too. But the one who ban it is Iran, not EA.

posted on 31 May 2013, 03:38 9

25. Darkangels (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 May 2013)


because it was an anti-iranian game.

posted on 31 May 2013, 03:48 9

29. Envy8 (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 May 2013)


This game was against Iran

posted on 31 May 2013, 07:15 4

65. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


No, you're completely and utterly wrong,
the game is against iRan !

posted on 31 May 2013, 03:48 4

30. arashmoeen (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 May 2013)


You're right, Iran's government decided to ban the game because some of the missions took place in Iran and they didn't like it or they considered it as an e-attack on Iran (I can't express how stupid it is imo, they also made a crappy game similar to BF3 taking missions in US :))) ). But my point is, I'm not trying to defend neither the companies who enforce these regulations or governments which were involved making them , but those companies kinda have to do it otherwise they'll end on the bad side of the law, not all companies can stick to their own policies the same as LG & Samsung did toward Iran.

posted on 31 May 2013, 03:20 5

24. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Sadly Politics and the law have not caught up with the technology revolution. It makes it really hard for all companies (in the world of the internet/technology) too account for certain countries. Its hard for the good honest law abiding people of Iran.

posted on 31 May 2013, 07:32 2

68. darkkjedii (Posts: 22038; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The clerk being racist doesn't make apple racist. Fire the clerk and move on

posted on 31 May 2013, 02:37 7

11. 0ldsnake1 (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Dude , the girl who walked in that Apple Store was indeed a US citizen
that scumbag sales clerk refused to sell her just because she spoke Persian...

posted on 31 May 2013, 03:43 2

27. Envy8 (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Apple is hotter than her bowl

posted on 31 May 2013, 04:27 9

35. alipoor (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 May 2013)


Brother please do not curse
Our nation is a nation completely individuated well., You ever come to Iran for one week, then you know that I think a big mistake in our case above. Unfortunately, all people in the world think the Iranian people a lot., But if the time come ye, and our guests did, then you know I've been completely wrong. both know that Iranians are the most intelligent people in the world., only issues to be resolved is that you will become the most influential country in the world.
Science and technology in the field of technology and medical science. These Westerners are you are constantly at war and encroachment., I am proud of my country I know the best country in the world. Then we ate our food with a spoon, you ate with its hands., we're not stupid. stupid fool is someone who say stupid to people

posted on 31 May 2013, 04:36 5

38. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Who said Iranians were stupid? Being Westerner, I side with my views. Iran is an intelligent country that is prospering. But with the development of nuclear weapons and threatening America is a step too far. Not saying America is any better, they have enough domestic problems. But America, The UN and Western Society to be against Iran can make sense. Many countries seek to misuse nuclear science and use this science for Weapons of Mass destruction, the world has decided we dont want this anymore.

posted on 31 May 2013, 05:27 2

51. Envy8 (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 May 2013)


An excuse to attack Iran's atom bomb
Nothing else

posted on 31 May 2013, 16:36 1

128. cenabmw (Posts: 3; Member since: 31 May 2013)


which country was the 1st that use nuclear bomb? iran? no it was USA, it killed most of people in hiroshima withote any reason.

posted on 31 May 2013, 04:47 4

39. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Also (sorry for the off topic posts PA) but Western countries are far from stupid. Democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, developed living standards, uncorrupt government. We have adopted these better, fairs ways of life. Most of the Middle East, Africa and South America are at war, domestic problems, corruption, large crime, low living standards, etc.

posted on 31 May 2013, 05:14 2

45. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


However that are the ideals we strive towards...I don't think even western countries have got there just yet...that would just be naive to say...

posted on 31 May 2013, 05:20 3

48. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


But we are atleast closer to those ideals. We just need to accept gay marriage, disabled people more, accept sexuality, etc. Not frown upon peoples choices.

posted on 31 May 2013, 05:41 1

54. LAKAME_MAN (Posts: 46; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


You're being a racist by saying Iranians are the most intelligent in the world.

posted on 31 May 2013, 06:54 3

62. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Please be quiet....don't hate on people for their ideals....idiot

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