GPS BlackBerry previously banned in Egypt and now available

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A week ago, the BlackBerry Storm, Curve 8900 and the Bold launched in Egypt via Vodafone Egypt. The move was significant because previously, GPS-enabled BlackBerry devices were banned in Egypt.

Until April 2009, the Egyptian Telecoms Law 10/2003 outlawed the import of GPS-equipped mobile phones, and retailers found selling them could have their entire stock confiscated. The same applied to any kind of commercial use of GPS technology, which included cars equipped with GPS devices.

The ban on GPS-enabled devices upset many Egyptians who felt the military was using security concerns of GPS aided terrorism to justify cutting consumers off from the latest technology. The ban on GPS-enabled devices affected trade locally, as well as on an international scale.

Now that the ban has been lifted, Vodafone and RIM have began exporting devices.

Special thanks to Fisal for the tip!

  • toomobile

    Man, those Egyption export model BlackBerrys in the picture are a tad larger than mine.

  • toomobile

    Man, those Egyption export model BlackBerrys in the picture are a tad larger than mine.

  • http://twitter.com/BlackBerryCool/statuses/1874177722 BlackBerryCool (BlackBerry Coo

    GPS BlackBerry previously banned in Egypt and now available http://bit.ly/15SgiQ

  • http://twitter.com/sufian/statuses/1874510624 sufian (Sufian Siddiqi)

    RT @BlackBerryCool: GPS BlackBerry previously banned in Egypt and now available http://bit.ly/15SgiQ

  • http://twitter.com/gmbnard/statuses/1877938918 gmbnard (Nard)

    GPS BlackBerry previously banned in Egypt and now available http://bit.ly/15SgiQ

  • Chris

    Those aren’t blackberries, those are Egyption iPhones .. ;)

  • Chris

    Those aren’t blackberries, those are Egyption iPhones .. ;)

  • Chris

    Those aren’t blackberries, those are Egyption iPhones .. ;)

  • Need to know

    Does Etisalat egypt have a black berry package,if they do how much is it per month and what does the package consist off?

  • Need to know

    Does Etisalat egypt have a black berry package,if they do how much is it per month and what does the package consist off?