Iran could ban the iPhone unless Apple registers an official representative in the country
According to local authorities, smartphone smuggling is a very big problem in Iran. A report recently published by Iranian publication Tasnim News Agency claims that Iran is home to more than 40 million smartphone users, many of which use devices which have been illegally imported into the country by smugglers.
In an attempt to stop smuggled phones from being used in the country, Iran will soon debut a project that requires all mobile phones to be registered with a government-held tellecomunications database. Those who own a phone that was not registered with that database will not be able to use their handset in Iran. Note that the project will not be applied retrospectively, meaning that those who already own a smuggled phone in Iran will not be affected by the new initiative.
Here's what the head of Iran's anti-smuggling project had to say about the looming iPhone ban in the country:
source: Japan Times