When you’re Iranian and looking for Farsi-language mobile applications, Samsung has long been the only game in town, at least since Nokia abandoned the country last year. Despite the popularity of the iPhone and other devices, they all relied on using a phony address and a VPN to access applications stores made for other nations, and aren’t officially supported in Iran.
Samsung was different, offering localized services for Iranians, but they too are falling victims to the international sanctions, and an announcement by Samsung that “legal barriers” are forcing them to close the Iranian version of the Samsung Apps store.
The announcement sparked a flurry of angry comments from Iranian customers, many of them blaming Samsung for knuckling under to international pressure, and others criticizing the Iranian government’s policies.
It isn’t clear from the announcement what will happen to Samsung’s existing Iranian customers, and whether they will be able to spoof their way into another nation’s version of the Samsung Apps store.
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I wil make sure this will be remembered for q long time to come. Samsung will hopefully pay a price for this and I will help spread the word.
CITING SANCTIONS, I'M TAKING BACK ALL MY TONKA TRUCKS AND MATCHBOX CARS AND GOING HOME! OH, AND, I'M ALSO TAKING BACK MY HARRY POTTER BOOKS, AND I DON'T CARE IF THEY'VE FINISHED READING THEM ALL!
Perhaps Samsung has Israel Firster infiltrators on its payroll.
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