Iran could ban the iPhone unless Apple registers an official representative in the country


According to a new report from Iran, the local government is planning to ban iPhones in the country unless Apple registers with the government's anti-smuggling scheme. To achieve this, Apple needs to officially register an official representative in Iran. 

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:


Although the scheme is backed by both mobile operators and the local government, some Iranian IT activists warn that collecting such a number of iPhones will not be an easy task. Furthemore, the same activists warn that hackers might be able to gain access to the database.

source: Japan Times

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19 Comments

1. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Meh! Their loss

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What are they losing? I bet Apple is rushing to comply. What you think?!

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Another privancy-invading shenanigan. So the Iranian people will have to register their devices, and make it easier for their goverment to track them at any time. Anywhere.

4. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

I have to add. There are plenty of cases regarding taxes. Not everything is about tracking citizens. Companies from outside the country can get away with taxes; profit without responsibilities. (Which every company wants) but the fact with no actual support from the company for the consumers.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I was just kidding, relax!

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You mean how the FCC requires a phone to be registered through them? The problem is, there are Iranian terrorist. Every phone sold in the USA has an FCC registration number. The reason you don't have to register the device, because the carrier does it for you via their network. Your FCC registered device when activated. is activated to your account of whatever persons account it activates on. If the FCC wants to know who the phone belongs to, they simply get the info from the carrier. How is it invading privacy? NO! It's the same. The only difference is Iran si requiring their citizen do it because with many carriers you don't need an account to buy a phone. You can just buy an unlocked phone and by a 3rd party SIMCARD. But you probably didn't know this!

20. farzad_funny

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

What the hell??? Iranian terrorists?? Dude WTH??? There are no terrorists in Iran. I live here never had one bomber or accident here related to terror And anything that has happened abroad by terrorists were Arabs and Afghan people No Iranian was involved. We don't do terror. No citizen of Iran does. Please...stop putting fake images of us in people's head. It's already hard enough explaining how we are different from Arabs and how we are not the government. Judge people by who they are not what a government does. By logic of stereotypes and cliches I should think Americans are bunch of idiots who do whatever they want and in the end lend a so called helping hand so they can be heroes....jeez

22. lionkeen78

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 20, 2016

who said we are terrorist?! all of the world try to show us terrorist u are very stupid and Superficial guy! im soo sorry for u!

3. a.ahmadi97

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

I'm from Iran & I know what this means to us... Apple does not have any official representative in Iran so no iPhone user can get any warranty or consumer services. Actually many agree that this attempt could result in official imports and further support for iPhone users in Iran. Now as we see, this is actually beneficial for users

6. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Send Tim Cook their

7. farzad_funny

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I'm not an iPhone user but as a guy who lives in Iran and sees these ridiculous prices I have to agree with what government is trying to do. They bring illegally imported iPhone and tell them that "Oooh it's special. It was requested from America!!!" What the hell? Requested? Not even made in US which no iPhone is by the way they sell that for like triple the price and people still buy it as if it were they're lives :| It's insane and doing something like this will stop all these nonsense and make the prices a little more reasonable and stop these jerks to rob people simply because they have no information to refute their claims. Did save my dad though on paying so much money for a simple Apple ID and a few apps

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Have you seen how much the iPhone cost on retail in some countries? In India the iPhone retails for $1400 for 128GB model. You can buy 2 1/2 base model iPhones for that price. LOL You say its triple? So you're saying a based iPhone in USD at $649, is $2000 in Iran? for one phone? Not hardly.

19. farzad_funny

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Well it is really really expensive compared to what it should be when we convert the prices to Rial Though I feel sad for Indians :( No one should pay more just because of some currency rules. It's not fair. In Iran we literally pay...not exaggerating...literally 4 times the prices for a PS4 game. We use to pay the exact same amount since 1 Dollar was 1000 Toman (10000 Rial) now...we pay 4times. Very sad

8. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

This is good actually, poor people pay too much for it and get zero customer support. Persian iSheeps are so hardcore.

9. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

btw I just disable ad blocker for a moment, post a comment and enable it again. this is ridiculous just make your ads fewer and smarter then make a big announcement​. I'll disable mine for sure.

13. NoAllegiance unregistered

Glad I am not the only one doing that. I would add it as an expection if all the ads were in one part of the page such as a side panel or header. But they are scattered everywhere.

16. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

This site is almost impossible to use otherwise.

15. gold_amin

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

Wtf... The lowest price of iphone in the world could be found in iran!! Where the base model of iphone(649$ In US), could be found at just 2300k rial, equall to 638$, remember apple has no official retailers there so seems that phone must be much more expensive than usual 649$ but that's even less!! It's insane. LoL

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