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Egypt will probably not get the iPhone 3G

I recently discovered (thanks to Zsafwan and Mazen) that GPS devices are banned from use in Egypt!

Telecoms Law 10/2003 outlaws the import of GPS-equipped mobile phones, and retailers found selling them could lead to the confiscation of their entire stock. The same applies to any kind of commercial use of GPS technology, which includes cars equipped with GPS devices.

This is interesting because Apple have 2 deals for an iPhone 3G release in Egypt with Vodafone and Mobinil (Orange).

Mobile phones like the Nokia N95, N82 as well as iPhones and some 3G phones are banned in Egypt, leaving the market deprived of the latest technology and features that are fast becoming standard in the new generation of mobile phones.

Egypt is still left out of the iTunes App Store. And no news about an actual release date in Egypt.
I will take this chance to remind everyone that Saudi Arabia have 3 mobile phone carriers: STC, Mobily and Zain and all of them have a decent 3.5G network. And there is a huge interest in the iPhone 3G in Saudi Arabia, a huge potential for Apple to gain a share of the Saudi market.

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One comment

  1. Yep huge market for the Iphone here in KSA even cracked ones. Does anyone here know how the Sim Modification for the 3G works to allow use with any carrier? Lets hope Iphone dev team gets a software crack soon.

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