In a move the US State Department says proves they “care deeply about the Iranian people and their day-to-day lives,” the US has ended a multi-decade ban on technology exports to the nation, including bans on mobile phones and advanced software.
State Department officials suggested the access to communications devices was intended to allow Iranian civilians to circumvent government efforts to “silence” them, and will reverse a lot of long-standing bans on everyday goods.
Last month Samsung shut down its Farsi-language app store for cell phone users, citing US sanctions. Today’s move should allow them to reverse that decision, though there is no indication yet that they will.
It will also hopefully put to rest a lot of long-time misunderstandings about the scope of US sanctions, like the belief of some Apple Store employees last year that they banned selling Apple products to ethnic Iranians who are living in the United States.
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I'm sure the US thought about this very carefully and concluded it's more beneficial for Iranians to have access to Western technology. After all, that way the US and israel can much more easily conduct surveillance of every Iranian using that technology, keeping track of their whereabouts and listening and reading all of their communications- just like they do with all American citizens.
You might be right in a way but the Iranians are not Americans, they know this and they will make sure the effects are minimal. Also note this can go the other way around.
The main reason is economic, Samsung did surpass apple for the first time last week as the biggest seller of smart phones with their shitty devices because of stupid American policies of sanctions.
What can Iranians do about it if operating systems and apps are programmed with backdoors to let the US and israel spy on users?
must be election time.
These devices are good for explosion, it can be used to connect Things that explode to the other phone connected to whatever that can explode.., MEK (iranian terrorist groups which were" di-terrorized" by state government few months ago) have use for the feature bomb making, buying them locally makes it cheaper too.
Beware of Greeks/Yanks bearing gifts.
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