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iPhone banned in Syria

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While most of us use our phones to casually peruse the Internet, listen to music, or play a game to pass the time, the heart of cellular technology is in communication. The abilities of modern day smartphones has extended that communication from the limitations of voice between two parties to the ability to transmit voice, text, pictures, and video to another party or the entire Internet.

Syrian protesters have been using this technology to create a network of citizen journalism in the nation, especially since foreign press has been barred from the nation since March. Many of the videos protesters have published to the Internet from their phones are of violent crackdowns on protestors.

In an attempt to further restrict protesters, the Syrian authorities have banned the use of iPhones. One copy of the ban simply stated, “The authorities warn anyone against using the iPhone in Syria.” One Syrian activist warned, “It is enough for any tourist or guest visiting Syria to own an iPhone to be a spy suspect.

There is no official word on if this ban includes all smartphones or only the iPhone specifically, but this isn’t the type of place we would recommend ‘testing the waters.’

source: Haaretz via Engadget

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posted on 04 Dec 2011, 10:52 14

1. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


This is so awsome!! iClones we hate you!!!!! Thank you Syria!!!!!

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 11:30 18

7. Penny (Posts: 1125; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Choosing to support your hatred of iPhone fans rather than the liberties of the citizens of Syria. Noble.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 12:46 10

10. Birds (Posts: 971; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Thanks!

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 14:26 5

13. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


You're a complete idiot.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 15:32 4

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 10306; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


What an idiot. It's just a phone get a life.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 19:20 5

23. stealthd (Posts: 927; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


They would have banned Android phones too if they knew they existed.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 20:25 3

27. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


@stealth it exists, and in your dreams Is your worst nightmare

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 10:52 20

2. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Now I want to go to Syria with a case of iPhones and hand them out to protesters for free. I'd not only piss off their government but also Steve Jobs' ghost, who I'm sure is haunting me and who would bring down a rain of hellish fury if anyone was given an iPhone for free. :D

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 12:43 5

9. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


You're not funny

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 14:58 5

14. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6205; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Youre not smart either.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 18:47 3

22. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Aww, did I get you mad?

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 20:38 2

28. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Snigglu there is nothing you can say that will make me mad.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 22:31 3

32. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Incorrect. Well, maybe that's correct now. We used to all be able to piss you off if we insinuated that liking half naked wrestlers was ***. Then you manned up and stopped being a child about the subject.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 23:13 2

38. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Lol, get over yourself. I never got mad just because you chose to come out the closet.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 23:24 3

39. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh, I think we all know who's in the closet. It's usually the one who actually thinks that being called *** is insulting. (Hint: you).

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 01:26 1

44. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Well it's nice that you're being positive about it, but please don't set yourself up for disappointment if you expect me to join in.
(Hint: I have a girlfriend)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 02:11 2

45. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*chuckles* Okay, if your best shot in a pissing contest is "You're gaaay, lol" then keep right on trucking. I'll keep finding you amusing.

(Hint: a priori statements about having a girlfriend are usually proof that the opposite is true.)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 03:49 1

49. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Aren't you cute?

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 04:36 1

51. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Ooh good comeback, you totally owned me there. Before you try and get giddy with excitement, I was being sarcastic. We all know you're the one who keeps talking about the subject.

(Hint: Well we at least know it's not true for you.)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 05:17 1

54. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Oh, awesome. Great defense. "I'm not really refusing to partake in any g@y sex I seemed to accuse you of having (but really didn't)!" Yep, we all know this is all bulls**t, genius. I'm just happy that I got you on this topic and you keep pimpin' away and coming back.

I love reversing the troll/victim relationship from time to time.

(Hint: whether I have a girlfriend/booty call/sex slave isn't the topic of discussion here.)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 06:33 1

59. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Lol, the only thing you got is your bone hard obsession of homosexual topics and/or jokes since you really can't stop bringing them up.

Except you're the one who keeps trying to play the victim game.

(Hint: Don't worry, we won't waste any time discussing something that never existed.)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 12:14 1

61. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Hey, as long as you keep starting spats ("You're not funny") I get to play the victim card all I want. You didn't have to say anything, but you did. And now I have you coming back each time because I mentioned a sore spot for you.

(Hint: you'll never know whether one exists. And in the meantime you're forever alone.)

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 15:45 1

65. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


And you didn't have to run your mouth about Steve Jobs and making light of his death, but you did. Lol, you keep deluding yourself thinking you got me in a sore spot for homosexual references when in reality it's you who has the soft spot for it since you can't shut about it.

(Hint: Don't worry, I already encountered one last night and many nights before.)

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 19:21 3

24. stealthd (Posts: 927; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Uh...why would Steve Jobs hate that? You paid for them.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 19:31 4

25. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Who says I would? ;)

It's a joke anyway.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 20:13 2

26. stealthd (Posts: 927; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Here I thought jokes were supposed to be funny :p

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 22:33 3

33. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Humor, like aesthetics, is not objective. Sorry that you found my joke unfunny. I'm going to go cry into my Android phone now. :(

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 04:37 1

52. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I've seen better jokes on candy wrappers.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 05:21 3

56. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And I've seen better trolling from 13 year olds.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 06:23 1

57. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


I've seen better responses from Siri.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 12:16

62. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I would expect that. Siri is the result of forty years of research plus a year or so of Apple paying engineers to come up with the best responses possible. I'm just some asshole on the internet.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 15:47

66. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Right, while Apple leads in innovation, Android catches up without ironing the bugs out.
I'm just some jerk on the internet.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 20:39 3

29. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


P.S. you know a joke isnt funny if you have to call it out as a joke.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 22:33 3

34. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Or that some of my audience doesn't have a sense of humor like mine.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 04:38 1

53. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Hey I'm just being honest. Don't quit your day job even if it's at Best Buy. Zing!

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 05:20 3

55. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


So...now you're attacking me for being employed?

I love how people who make fun of others' jobs on the Internet suddenly have nothing to say when asked about their own illustrious careers.

I'll pin you as...Pizza Hut. Or Hollister's. Or maybe you're Miz's underwear washer.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 06:29 1

58. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


You're the one trying not to fail so miserably at making a joke that no one thought was funny but you.

Let me hold a cup to collect the tears lol. Besides, you were the one who's biggest highlight of the day was fixing a display phone.

Pin away, hasn't stopped you from ridiculous assumptions before.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 12:20 1

63. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Actually, the amount of thumbs ups and downs on my original post indicates that the opposite is true.

We all have crappy days. Apparently you have a lot, because you seem to come here looking for your day highlight all the time.

And I was actually being charitable. Realistically, your amount of free time indicates that you're VERY part time or completely unemployed. Which is it?

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 15:52 1

67. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Lol, you really think I care about a few little kids thumbing my comments down because they can't handle the fact that I say what's on my mind?

Lol, wrong again. Coming here only takes like 5-10 minutes at the most.

Yes, because you absolutely can determine that from a few comments lol. For the record, I'm employed with a good job, kiddo.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 22:47

36. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 377; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


May I go with you? Lol. SMARTPHONES FOR ALL!

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 10:57 4

3. redmd (Posts: 865; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


protesters could also do the same if not better on any android devices or any smartphone for that matter. I initially thought Samsung must be behind this lol

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 17:56

21. systamatics (Posts: 63; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Lol believe me , people here in the middle east know nothing about smartphones , they only know the IPHONE , no one here knows my HTC sensation when they see it , they always ask me is that the iphone , HAHAHA!! even the syrian authorities are not aware of other smartphones.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 11:07 11

4. jibraihimi (Posts: 667; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Nw this is the starting of holiday season for Apple attorneys.......... Syria beware Apple is coming after u with one of their greatest app. 'isue u'.......... :-) :)

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 11:57 9

8. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Jibraihimi, I'm going to sue you, iSueU it's my app, LOL. I'm so gonna sue you

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 11:08 7

5. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The iPhone is just one phone which can be very easily banned from retails stores. Good luck trying to ban Androids!

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 14:25 3

12. Jay_F (Posts: 236; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


What a foolish statement...

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 15:09 1

15. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I like you post more

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 11:09 13

6. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Am I the only PhoneArena reader from Syria?

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 16:22 1

19. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


congrats apparently u are :P

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 16:20 3

18. xray174 (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


not bad other should follow lol

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 17:54 3

20. systamatics (Posts: 63; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Lol believe me , people here in the middle east know nothing about smartphones , they only know the IPHONE , no one here knows my HTC sensation when they see it , they always ask me is that the iphone , HAHAHA!! even the syrian authorities are not aware of other smartphones.

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 22:48

37. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 377; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Don't worry, that happens in America too...
"Cool! You have an iPhone!!"
"Nope... It's an Android!"
"Weird. Why didn't you get an iPhone?"

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 21:10 1

30. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Poor Syria.. they dont have the privilege to have options.. the thing...that fandroids want... i guess the only want options when it comes to Android... hmmm

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 21:47 6

31. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Poor gallito you don't have the privilege to have options ( iPhone ). Only one phone ,one design so sorry I guess you have to wait another year for a new design to bad : (

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 21:16

68. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Yes one design.. very beautiful by the way... how is your Android plastic phone treating you.... knowing that in a month a new model comes out... must be painful to spend money on a latest model only to have it 49.99 in 3 months.. if you want I can sell you my iphone.. very expensive by the way... i dont loose money with Apple...

posted on 06 Dec 2011, 12:57

69. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


The fact is your phone is like a fragile little girl, I like to change design improvise not wait a decade to have new design as the iPhone , sorry I don't buy junk

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 22:35 4

35. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You're an idiot. Apart from a couple of assholes, have the "fandroids" come here to praise Syria for trying to oppress its people?

posted on 04 Dec 2011, 23:54 1

41. geedup (banned) (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Actually yes they did.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 00:55 3

42. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I said, "apart from a couple of assholes." How many "regulars" came in and agreed with them?

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 02:15 2

46. Sniggly (Posts: 6760; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


If you go back and count through the comments, by the way, there are exactly two (count: two, TWO, DOS, 2, II, .., two two two) assholes who actually applaud the move by Syria. Of course, they probably didn't actually READ the article, in which it's stated that the ban is due to the phone's use by protesters to communicate.

Why do those two assholes get to be representative of the millions of Android users out there and the thousands who have been to this site, or even the dozens of others who actually comment here?

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