Apple iPhone to be sold in Iran?

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.


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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134 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

5. Naruto_Uzumaki

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 22, 2013

i agree with you,man

122. Mehrzad_wayne

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 20, 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

141. Daniel.95

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Iranian aren't stupid they are so clever and they dont have bad race their race is arya iran means land of aryans

7. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

10. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

12. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 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?!

22. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

53. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

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

101. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 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.

123. wlrottge

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

18. arashmoeen

Posts: 14; Member since: May 31, 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. :)

21. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

25. Darkangels

Posts: 5; Member since: May 31, 2013

because it was an anti-iranian game.

29. Envy8

Posts: 14; Member since: May 31, 2013

This game was against Iran

65. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

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

30. arashmoeen

Posts: 14; Member since: May 31, 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.

24. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

68. darkkjedii

Posts: 30832; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

11. 0ldsnake1

Posts: 3; Member since: May 31, 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...

27. Envy8

Posts: 14; Member since: May 31, 2013

Apple is hotter than her bowl

35. alipoor

Posts: 1; Member since: May 31, 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

38. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

51. Envy8

Posts: 14; Member since: May 31, 2013

An excuse to attack Iran's atom bomb Nothing else

128. cenabmw

Posts: 3; Member since: May 31, 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.

39. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

45. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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...

48. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 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.

54. LAKAME_MAN

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

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

62. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

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

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