iPhone banned in Syria

iPhone banned in Syria
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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69 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

7. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

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

10. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Thanks!

13. Jay_F

Posts: 236; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

You're a complete idiot.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30691; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

23. stealthd unregistered

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

27. Johnny_Mnemonic

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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

9. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

You're not funny

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Youre not smart either.

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Aww, did I get you mad?

28. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

32. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

38. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

39. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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).

44. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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)

45. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.)

49. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Aren't you cute?

51. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.)

54. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.)

59. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.)

61. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.)

65. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 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.)

24. stealthd unregistered

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

25. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Who says I would? ;) It's a joke anyway.

26. stealthd unregistered

Here I thought jokes were supposed to be funny :p

33. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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. :(

52. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I've seen better jokes on candy wrappers.

56. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

57. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

I've seen better responses from Siri.

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