Samsung to shutter Iran app store — report

Samsung to shutter Iran app store — report

25 APR 2013

Mobile users in Iran will no longer be able to access Samsung’s app store from 22 May, according to an Associated Press report.

The withdrawal of Samsung Apps is seen as part of international sanctions on Iran amid speculation that it is running a nuclear programme. Banking and insurance restrictions have also been imposed.

Samsung’s message to users said it can’t provide access to the store due to “legal barriers”, and the South Korean company apologised to customers in an emailed statement seen by the Associated Press.

A company spokesman said it is looking into the matter but could not confirm details.

Samsung is one of the few companies to offer localised services to Iranians in local language. The likes of Apple, Microsoft and Nokia do not offer such services in Iran.

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Tim Ferguson

Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter... More

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