Apple in Talks With Distributors to Sell iPhone in Iran

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    Apple is in talks with Iranian distributors that could see the iPhone being sold in the country should Western sanctions lift sufficiently, reports The Wall Street Journal. Senior Apple executives have reportedly met with Iranian distributors at its London headquarters to speak about potentially having Iranian retailers distribute Apple products as premium resellers.
    The United States has imposed sanctions that prevent companies from doing business with Iran, but in May, sanctions that prevented the sales of consumer communications equipment and software such as smartphones and laptops were lifted. The sanctions were removed in an effort to give Iranians a way to communicate on social media and through other channels to overcome communications restrictions enacted by Iranian authorities. This change potentially opens the door for sales of the iPhone and other Apple products in the country.

    Apple is said to have consulted the U.S. Treasury's Office of Frozen Assets Control to ascertain how it could start operations in Iran and establish a relationship with Iran-based customers.

    As noted by The Wall Street Journal, Iran may be seen as an attractive market to Apple as the country has a population of 77 million with 42 percent of people under the age of 25, along with a large middle class. There are obstacles that could make it difficult for Apple to sell iPhones in the country, however, including banking restrictions, locating mobile-service providers, and more.

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    If you can sell in china you can sell in iran. They have a lot in common.
     
  3. Deelron macrumors regular

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    Absolutely, they both have people with money who would like an iPhone.
     
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    Bloody hell.. now I have that damned song stuck in my head as well as that gawdawful hairdo of that guy working that single note on that Moog synth in the video!

    Anywho, back on topic.. I can't say I'm surprised; I heard a great article on the young crowd and entrepreneurs seeking funding from investors for startups on NPR yesterday.. Not only was I surprised on how well they pitched their ideas, but their English comprehension and speech puts a lot of yanks to shame.

    Here you go:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/...s-make-pitches-that-are-just-practice-for-now

    Right now, the only one preventing Apple from working with them, or these people working with us and participating in the global economy, is us and the UN, with the various sanctions in place. Now that Ahmedinajad is out of the way, things just may get better there.

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    It has been one of the tragedies of US foreign policy that we have been such bitter "enemies" with Iran since 1979. In many respects our currently bad relations with Iran are a sad hangover of the Cold War. We ended up backing the Shah, seeing him as a bulwark against Communism, at least as represented by Mohammad Mosaddegh, whom the CIA and Britain's MI6 helped overthrow thanks to his threats to nationalize Iran's oil industry.

    In retrospect, Mosaddegh's brand of secular democracy was just what Iran needed to become a modern Islamic state, without the Theocratic tyranny represented by the Mullahs.

    I know there are a lot of people hoping for Obama to fail vis-a-vis Iran; and certainly we need to proceed carefully. But 35 years of sanctions haven't done either Iran or the Us (or even Israel) much good. And they certainly haven't helped the Iranian people very much.
     
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    They should open an Apple Store in Pyongyang too.
     
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    They need to sell iPhone in Cuba before Iran.

    However, I thought that we had an embargo for US business in both countries.
     
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    Paging Squilly, Squilly to the white courtesy phone.
     
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    Like what?

    Have you been there?... I have. ;)
     
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    Sure, give Iran another reason to stone women.

    Future headlines will read:

    Iranian women does Facetime. Found guilty and stoned to death.
     
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    As if the "People" want that, as I said in my last post, have you been there?

    They are one of the nicest people in the world, it's just a handful of people who spoil it for the rest.

    You know, politics and religion shouldn't be mixed!
     
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    They've shown variably more compassion with regards to the death penalty than people in the USA.

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  15. odedia macrumors 65816

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    Well, China doesn't publicly call for the innehilation of another country which is a member in the United Nations. And they are not actively trying to fulfill on that promise. So there is that.
     
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    Awsome ! The more the marry! Those poeple are not living in the Stone Age and are tech savy! They would love the phone but just like China, the authority's will have a hard time with the explosion of Social media! Good luck Apple and hope this helps open communication wih the Iranian people !
     
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    What does that have to do with selling iPhone there?
     
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    Can't believe the conservatives anywhere in the Middle East would allow smart phones, internet content, social media...it would be the beginning of the end for their influence, at least dictatorial influence.
     
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    We hate iRan but if Apple goes there we love iRan. We hate Samsung, but if Apple buys their parts, we love Samsung.
     
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    Oh how quickly the sweet and colourful language from Apple about how they care about human rights and human life in general evaporates when money takes hold.
     
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    This is not about the niceness of people. This is about FACTS!!!!
    Seems to be legal and practiced in Iran. And it's mostly women who are stoned. They even give the men a chance to escape, not so with women.

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    Go to a public stoning, then come back and tell me that.
     
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    I'll see you a stoning and raise you a hanging.

    And note that I said "variably".

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  24. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

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    If America death sentences were done publicly too, you would see that. ;)
     
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    this statement still rings true.

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