iPhone and BlackBerry sales banned in Argentina

The state of the world’s economy is in somewhat of a mess at the moment, with many countries struggling to get their economy under control. One such country is Argentina, and it appears they have taken steps to attempt to stabilise their economy by banning the sales of the iPhone and BlackBerry devices in the country.

According to an article over on Apple Insider by way of Manuals.ws, the Argentinean government has decided to place a temporary ban on the sales of both the iPhone and BlackBerry smartphones in an attempt to slow inflation and hopefully correct the gap between the peso and the US dollar.

Furthermore apparently the Argentinean government has also decided that in order for the iPhone to again go on sale in the country, Apple is required to either build a manufacturing plant in Argentina or partner with a local manufacturer to make iPhone handsets.

The word is Research IN Motion is already looking at partnering an existing manufacturer so they can have the sales ban lifted on BlackBerry devices. Rival companies such as Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and LG have already built plants or have partnered manufacturers in Argentina so are not included in the ban.

Word is at the moment Apple’s Argentina website continues to be active, however it appears carrier websites in Argentina have halted offering the iOS smartphone.

So there you go, if you live in Argentina as of now it would appear you can’t purchase the iPhone or a BlackBerry smartphone, and this will continue for the foreseeable future.

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