Apple Reportedly In Talks to Sell iPhone in Iran

Apple Reportedly In Talks to Sell iPhone in Iran

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Apple is in preliminary talks with Iranian distributors to sell the iPhone in the country, should Western sanctions easy sufficiently, according to the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, senior Apple officials have met with Iranian distributors at the company's regional headquarters in London .

In the conversations, the Cupertino, Calif., company explored the possibility of having Iranian partners sell Apple products at so-called premium resellers, three of the people said. Instead of company-operated Apple stores, such outlets would be midsize franchisees that sell Apple products only, —a model the company has used in Europe and Asia, the people said.

Apple would be allowed to export its iPhone to Iran because of a U.S. decision in May to lift sanctions that had barred the sale of consumer communications technologies in Iran.

The discussions so far have involved over a dozen Apple employees, including technical and marketing officials; however, Apple still faces many obstacles if it wishes to enter the country. Apple would first have to navigate different banging restrictions, and has reportedly consulted the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to assess how it could begin operations in Iran. Some talks discussed how to repair products purchased in Iran, or how Apple could send spare parts to have authorized repair center conduct the service.

Iran's 77 million people can serve as an attractive opportunity for Apple, and the iPhone is already a popular device in the country even though it is only sold through the black market. Despite tensions with the west, Iranian still embrace western brands and trends.

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Apple Reportedly In Talks to Sell iPhone in Iran

Wtf - October 31, 2014 at 10:00am
Yes, please, sell the iphone directly to terrorist now..... Thank you apple!
Yazdan - October 31, 2014 at 10:24am
Ok Israel is good We are terrorist :| Who did tell you that we are terrorist? :|
K - October 31, 2014 at 9:14pm
You showed everyone how stupid you are by making this comment!
hamid reza2 - October 30, 2014 at 11:45am
It was my biggest dream ever :) Thank You Apple , LOVE YOU APPLE
Mohamad Amirkhalili - October 30, 2014 at 11:32am
It was my biggest dream ever :) Thank You Apple , LOVE YOU APPLE , APPLE ROCKS OTHER SUCKS ;) WAITING FOR iPhone 6 WITH A LOGIC PRICE FOR THE FIRST IN MY LIFE :)))) SO HAPPY :)
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