Iran iPhone Ban Looms Unless Apple Registers With Anti-Smuggling Scheme

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    Apple has been warned by the Iranian government that it faces having its products banned in the country unless it officially registers with Iran's anti-smuggling office.

    "If Apple will not register an official representative in Iran within the next few days, all iPhones will be collected from the market," said the director of Iran's anti-smuggling project on Sunday.

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    The ultimatum was reported by Tasnim News Agency and translated today by The Japan Times. According to the report, more than 40 million Iranians use smartphones, including millions of iPhone users whose devices are often imported into the country by smugglers.

    To stop the flow of smuggled phones, Iran's presidential office will initiate a scheme later this week that requires all mobile phones to be registered with Iran's telecommunications user database. Phones not registered will not be able to be used in the country. According to the office, former users of iPhones and other smuggled phones are excluded from the scheme.

    Despite the cooperation of mobile operators, customs, and the union of mobile phone sellers, IT activists in the country have criticized the state's decision to potentially ban iPhones.

    "Collecting this huge number of iPhones will not be easy," the head of the Tehran IT union told Tasnim News, and expressed concerns that the telecommunications database could be susceptible to hacking attempts.

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    So what if you are only there for a little while as a tourist for example. Will Ou have to register your iPhone to be able to use it? Otherwise any "tourist" could just happen to bring an iPhone in the country and sell it as before
     
  3. fitshaced macrumors 68000

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    Surely the iPhone's currently for sale are not the property of the Iranian government.
     
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    My guess is they would have some sort of temporary registration that would work for tourists. Or you might just have to use whatever roaming deals your carrier in your home country has in Iran.
     
  5. miknos macrumors 6502a

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    Disgusting.

    Any libertarian, capitalist or worker will feel the same.
     
  6. H2SO4 macrumors 68040

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    You register. I had a friend that went to Cape Verde on holiday recently. He had to fill out lots of forms and send back with proofs of all sorts. On that same form goes your IMEI.
     
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    It's called confiscation and legally renders the question of property meaningless.

    I do agree though, a very hard-handed approach. Then again, so is having to register your phone to fight smuggling.
    On another note, I guess I'm not the only one suspecting other reasons for this registration scheme.

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  8. Dilster3k, Jul 19, 2016
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    Apple should withhold and refuse until they get their human rights in check. :)
     
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    There is going to be some interesting replies here, getting popcorn
     
  10. gleepskip macrumors regular

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    Can't we just ban the Iranian government? Stop inviting them to parties, take them off the holiday card list, block their phone numbers, and move on? Why must we keep reading their annoying emails? ;)
     
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    I heard there's good wifi in the Qeshm caves.
     
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    There you go apple , Iran, has found a solution for all the scalpers at product launches :p
     
  14. H2SO4 macrumors 68040

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    That means they have to turn down money. Can’t see that happening.
     
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    Agreed . Money comes first.
     
  16. H2SO4 macrumors 68040

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    Don’t blame them. The lure of the green is very hard to ignore.
     
  17. Gutwrench, Jul 19, 2016
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    Not at all, though it contradicts all the right "political" things TC preaches, as money comes before principles . In which case I jsut wish TC would shut up and focus on directive number one, profit.
     
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    Tourists? Anyone going to Iran, or North Korea should not be surprised if they wind up arrested.
     
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    Does any other country do this? Seems like an illogical way to prevent smuggling. If corruption is the issue, then the whole scheme will be infiltrated soon anyway. Why don't they try to crack down on the actual smugglers?

    And if apple don't comply, a nice way for the government to get themselves a bunch of brand new iPhones.
     
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    Ever tried to visit Iran? I'm afraid your comment is really a complete and utter lie, solely based on ignorance.
     
  22. freediverx, Jul 19, 2016
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    Why is "iPhone smuggling" an issue in the first place? Circumvention of import tariffs?
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    If we're going to use human rights violations as an excuse to stop sales to a country, we're going to have a long list of countries without iPhones - starting with our close ally and champion of democracy, Saudi Arabia.
     
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    The more you isolate a country the less you have to expect them to integrate into the world economy and hence find a path to peace and prosperity.

    I know you may care jack all about their prosperity (correct me if I'm mistaken), but their peace has some influence on your peace too if you're unlucky.

    Your approach seems like something a kindergarten kid would deem applicable.
    No offense.

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    None taken. Only a kindergarten kid would have thought my suggestion was truly genuine.
     
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