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Report: Apple iPhone banned in Russia starting January 1st, 2015

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Report: Apple iPhone banned in Russia starting January 1st, 2015
UPDATE: It looks like numerous online sources have gotten the story wrong. In short, the actual law that will come into operation on January 1, 2015, demands that cloud data storage that originates from Russia stays in Russia. In other words, companies will be required to have localized cloud servers on the territory of Russia, and this includes Apple (as well as any other company that has anything to do with the cloud). The previous conception, that it's an anti-iPhone law, was completely wrong.

Original post follows below:

According to a report published on Tuesday, Russia will ban the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad beginning on New Year's Day. Honestly, when we first saw the report, we figured that this was due to the same motives that caused a business group to dismantle a memorial to Steve Jobs in St. Petersburg. Instead, it seems that it is iCloud that has Russian authorities concerned.

The new law will ban any device that has the iCloud software inside. The reason is that the data saved in iCloud is not stored locally. The servers employed by Apple are based in the U.S., not Russia. This is not a law that was created to harm Apple specifically, as it applies to all online services including social networks.

Apple could put up a server farm in the country, but that would probably be a bad precedent for the tech titan. Russia could even decide to enforce the ban at the retail level, which also would be bad for Apple. Those in Russia who currently own an iPhone or iPad that supports iCloud, might have to put up with relentless searches from the authorities.

Thanks for the tip!

source: progorod (translated) via GSMDome

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posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:04 3

2. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


then just make an iphone that has no iCloud, or instead an iCloud like made by russians call it "iHomophone."

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:49 14

13. Saioofi (Posts: 236; Member since: 23 May 2014)


Not an ifan but is this supposed to be a joke? Sorry

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:55 1

15. marcski07 (Posts: 598; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


I'm not bashing apple.

posted on 09 Nov 2014, 21:36 1

126. Fazz1977 (Posts: 153; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


I am... f**k them and their users!

posted on 08 Nov 2014, 23:50

124. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


awww man!!!! they should have the i toy banned still!!!

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:08 21

3. Sauce2 (banned) (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Broken country.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:31 24

8. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2066; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


That would be the United States of America, whose people are drowned in the Apple propaganda.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:01 11

17. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 222; Member since: 08 May 2014)


"That would be the United States of America, whose people are drowned in propaganda."

Fixed.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 13:20 7

37. willard12 (Posts: 1513; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


The news media in the US is not run by the government, unlike Russia.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 17:08 17

58. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2625; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Correct, it's run by companies who run the government...

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 19:45

66. Mels13 (Posts: 89; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


:D its fun

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:23 7

24. Sauce2 (banned) (Posts: 199; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Last time I've seen phones banned in the US for the CEO being homosexual was .. hmm…. never.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 16:22

50. sip1995 (Posts: 1543; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Cuz USA and Europe has more freedom, unlike some others....

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 13:34 7

40. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Plot twist: BOTH are broken!

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:11

4. Denco (Posts: 118; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


That's phobia for anything i-perversion.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:13 11

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 19348; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I hope this actually has to do with iCloud, and not Tim Cook being gay. There's been no issue with iOS/iCloud recently, now Tim comes out, Steve's statues gets dismantled, and now a ban. Cmon mother Russia, reallyyyyyyyyy...

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:07 20

18. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


It's because of the lack of trust between the United States and Russia, it has nothing to do with Tim Cook.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:14

22. BattleBrat (Posts: 1431; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


^^This

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 13:13 4

36. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Lack of trust between the United States Govt. and Russia. Lack of trust between the United States Govt. and the citizens of the United States.....

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:16 12

6. Zenzui (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


I guess having snowden on their side made Russian understand how these spying and NSA works now. Can't blame them for that... I wonder if China will follow on this direction as well.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:15

23. techspace (Posts: 1019; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


China is on the same page but they aren't as aggressive because they want apple to continue manufacturing in their country.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 23:40

108. lithium451 (Posts: 7; Member since: 05 Nov 2014)


Yeah, because it should be the FSB checking out that teenager's selfies, not the NSA.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:33 10

9. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


iCloud? Yeah right... I'm pretty sure it has more to do with Tim Cook being gay...

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 13:06 2

35. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


It does hvae to be with Tim Cook being gay. why you think they took down his memorial? He just doesn't see it.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 08:09

101. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


My fault I meant to say have.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:33 8

10. ryq24 (Posts: 681; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


First McDonald now iPhone, guess this has to do with sanction imposed by us and western countries.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 16:28

51. sip1995 (Posts: 1543; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


And surprise surprise the mother Russian will start the the 3rd world war....

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 19:56 1

71. Mels13 (Posts: 89; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


Is it a big surprise?And what did u expect?Usa and EU made sanctions and what?Russia should stand still?It should be expected that they beat them over.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:35 2

11. ThePython (Posts: 863; Member since: 08 May 2013)


inb4 PhoneArena disables the comment section again.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:37 9

12. blazee (Posts: 407; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Getting closer and closer to communism

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 11:53 15

14. itsjustJOH (Posts: 231; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


Comment 1 says you're a "douche".

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:11 17

19. blazee (Posts: 407; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


I'm also that commenter's mom. I'm grounding him for a week.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:11 3

20. a1369366 (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Aug 2014)


facebook/instagram = come on baby, upload your photo
google = yea, you d choose to use it, not our fault

apple = we want the same info you'd gave to google and what ever, but we will do no sh*t in return

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 16:40 3

56. Fazz1977 (Posts: 153; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Yep, pretty much. I love all the butthurt iKnobs whinging about data mining, when they themselves left themselves open to the fappening... who the hell sends spread butt shots to the cloud and doesn't expect them to get leaked? The cloud is just a fancy word for "someone elses computer"... fools!!!

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 20:04 1

73. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


LMAO!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 21:51

78. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Dead-on...

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:11 3

21. avyfa (Posts: 16; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


This is fake, written in yellow site.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:30 3

26. t1gran (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)


It's not about iPhone. Our idiot goverment want's to ban keeping personal data of Russians outside Russia. Actually it means banning all Internet (mail, Facebook, Skype, eBay and even sites collecting data from cookies).

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 12:42 6

29. Awalker (Posts: 1363; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


It looks like Russia is turning into a totalitarian state.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 13:31 6

39. juandante (Posts: 462; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


I am sorry man, we call this respect of morals not like Europe, me I AM NEVER BUYING I**** again (name is banned by my principles too)

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 03:37

96. t1gran (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)


Absolutely. I watched yesterday Russian state chanell (actually all are controlled by the state). It was a national holiday. In absolutely blank Red Square Putin greets heads of the religion confessions (standing in line like soldiers) and a few young people. Then some views of processions with flags. Comments: "Unprecedented uniting of all people around Putin!", "Unprecedented uniting of all political parties, you can never see such things in France or Germany! (I hope so!!!)"... And at the same time - corruption, сorporate raids, impunity of officials and police, negligent doctors killing people in hospitals without responsibility, total lie and propaganda in mass-media (except Internet - for the present), anti-western hysteria... I never filled so ashamed and sorry for this country.

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 10:06 1

102. Mels13 (Posts: 89; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


:DD where did u see that?On cnn or bbc or other usa propoganda channels?More desinformation and dictatorship than Usa now noone can see.All the wars now started by Usa.Its spies,its overhears,it orders,it bombs all over the world.And what about Ferguisson?Its freedom of speech?:D

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 23:57

109. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3207; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


be thankful usa and england came to save u sorry french ass, not like u have done anything to help the world

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 06:35

113. Mels13 (Posts: 89; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


U betterr save yourselves.We dont need your help.We wanna be free from your dictatorship

posted on 05 Nov 2014, 10:23 1

103. Mels13 (Posts: 89; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


And I think Europe must do the same to protect us from Usa spying and to be more independent from Us dictatorship.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 00:00

110. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3207; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


then stop begging for help every time your attacked or money is low or need resources if it wasn't for the usa u wouldn't even have internet

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 06:38

114. Mels13 (Posts: 89; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


Usa has to give China more than 100 mlrd.dollars :D Who can ask money from u? There is World currency foundation that gives money but not Usa

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 14:08 7

44. bucky (Posts: 2441; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


If Russia doesn't like gay people then so be it. It's their country and their views.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 17:11 5

59. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2625; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


True, they are entitled to have their opinion. And I am entitled to have an opinion about their opinion...

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 17:44 2

61. bucky (Posts: 2441; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


absolutely. I dont agree with them either but i hate when countries start trying to change policies and the ways of other countries.

posted on 08 Nov 2014, 13:40

122. TerryTerius (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


It depends on what the implications of the particular policy are. This one in Russia enables the silencing of a particular segment of the country because of their orientation and is used in a way that enables well documented violence against the gay community. That is by every definition a human rights violation. Just like other countries complaining about U.S prison policies and such. It's the price of being a member of the world community. Bad policy will be critiqued (even if it's often from a country that's being a hypocrite by doing so). Unless you're saying that people should shut up and be silent about mistreatment of others, that it's ok because it's their "view". I'd have to disagree with that.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 15:45

48. MrsJedi (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Oct 2014)


OMG I was actually joking about them banning the IPhone because of Tim Cooks sexuality. I didn't want this to happen.

posted on 06 Nov 2014, 00:13

112. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3207; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


i called it and do want it banned suck it apple how u like it

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 16:33 1

53. dcgore (Posts: 225; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


Move over Chinese resellers at Apple Stores, here come the Russians...

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 16:34 3

54. Omarc07 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I gotta go live to russia.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 19:31 1

62. Mels13 (Posts: 89; Member since: 23 Jun 2014)


Its right.Usa is the world dictator that spies ,overhears everyone.Russians dont want to be under Usa watching and they r right.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 20:15 3

75. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7769; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


When Tim Cook was first announced as CEO, my question who the heck was he. I had never heard his name before. Much like the guy who is now CEO at Microsoft.

But then when I first saw the the iOS 7 UI and the Windows 8 UI, the first thing I said, is only a girl would love something with so many colors. I was right in both cases. Windows 8 UI was designed by 2 females and it looked terrible and everyone for the most part hated it.

iOS 7 with its pastel colors and terrible color scheme is drowning in girly colors. I rather they bring back the 2007 UI.

Then when I saw Tim Cook for the first time and he opened his mouth, I knew right away who ruined the iOS UI.

Now having sad that, I could care less that he is gay. What I hate is he used that to influence the UI of iOS. As I watch Ivy and that Schiller guy announce iOS 7 and how hey seem so not enthused and the ugly iPhone 5C, all I could do was laugh in amazement of how Apple chose an ugly design.

Russia's move seems kinda lame per se. However, with all the DATA going to the US Government, which is already a hated country for trying to police the whole world with its EMPIRE-like dominance, I don't blame Russia one bit.

Now Apple announce the iCloud unlimited backups for $5? Who you think is subsidizing it so it can be so cheap? The NSA!!!!! If you upload everything, you are basically handing them your data to comb with a fine tooth comb. We already know all GSM based iPhones have a front door entry to the NSA

From Russia with love. I think I want to move there. At least they want to protect their citizens from the evil USA. Before you ask, yes I am American. But if I could choose to be from any country, it wouldn't be this one.

posted on 04 Nov 2014, 20:28 4

76. darkkjedii (Posts: 19348; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You typed all that to say you hate iOS. You coulda just said I hate iOS.

posted on 09 Nov 2014, 11:28

125. afraaa (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


darkkjeddi LMAO :))))))

posted on 09 Nov 2014, 21:37

127. Fazz1977 (Posts: 153; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


I hate iOS.

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