1. Michael Essany's Avatar


    Just how popular are iPhones and iPads? They're even big sellers in places where they aren't legally sold.

    According to a new report published Friday, more than one hundred retail outlets in the nation of Iran - where strict U.S. sanctions prohibit U.S. computer products from entering the country - now sell iPhones, iPads, iPods, and even Apple computers out in the open.

    In fact, many of these stores blatantly and gratuitously advertise the availability of these devices, which often sell at prices higher than those found in the U.S. for the same Apple products. So while these gadgets are expressly banned, "enterprising Iranian merchants continue to source them through underground trade routes in the Middle East and beyond," Reuters reports.

    Iran's booming Apple business underscores the limitations of economic sanctions by the United States and other countries. Washington and its allies have imposed sanctions in an attempt to curb Iran's nuclear program, which Tehran maintains is peaceful. U.S. companies are barred from selling any goods or services to Iran unless they obtain special authorization.
    "Business has been booming for the last three years," says Majid Tavassoli, owner of RadanMac - a knock-off Apple store of sorts in Tehran. As it turns out, Iran's "increasingly tech-savvy" population is demanding Apple devices like never before. And this voracious appetite has led to no shortage of clever Iranian entrepreneurs finding new ways to get the goods into Iran and then into the hands of Iranians who can actually afford the products.

    Source: Reuters
    2012-07-13 06:46 PM
  2. mmaboi21's Avatar
    Nice way to make some money
    2012-07-13 07:23 PM
  3. JacquesChirac's Avatar
    nice way to get people to film, upload, and expose the regime's oppression
    2012-07-13 07:34 PM
  4. Glocknine's Avatar
    They figured out that idevices are good tool to integrate with nukes, IDE and what not!!!
    2012-07-13 08:41 PM
  5. mori's Avatar
    havent we learned with cuba?
    2012-07-14 02:46 AM
  6. rkswat's Avatar
    Learned what from Cuba? That sanctions do nothing but make a people stronger and more defiant to those that would oppress them? As far as people filming and exposing oppression, that can only be done on apple products? If Iranians get their hands on products, legal or not why do I care? Good for them!
    2012-07-14 09:23 AM
  7. Mrteacup's Avatar
    nice way to get people to film, upload, and expose the regime's oppression
    Couldn't agree more. Apple will support iran soon now that they can support china they've obviously implemented some sort of firewall to media
    2012-07-14 08:54 PM
  8. Beastly L92's Avatar
    They figured out that idevices are good tool to integrate with nukes, IDE and what not!!!
    Nope. Read the iTunes Terms of Service again.

    "You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, missiles, or chemical or biological weapons." -Apple
    2012-07-15 05:13 AM
  9. control635's Avatar
    Im not surprised... iDevices are cash cows and banning them is just going to make them even more profitable
    2012-07-15 08:05 AM
  10. Breezy215's Avatar
    They figured out that idevices are good tool to integrate with nukes, IDE and what not!!!
    There's an app for that... Smh
    2012-07-15 08:58 PM
  11. soidroidios's Avatar
    Nope. Read the iTunes Terms of Service again.

    "You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of nuclear, missiles, or chemical or biological weapons." -Apple
    They broke one law, or part of an agreement, why not another?
    2012-07-16 01:10 AM
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