As many eyebrows as this might raise, Argentina reportedly imposed a sales ban recently for Apple’s iPhone and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry devices. To be even more specific, Argentina has in fact imposed a sales ban on all foreign-made smartphones.
The measure should be able to stabilize the economy of the country even though the two phone-makers account for more than 60% of the smartphone market in Argentina. Apparently, the only workaround would be to build a factory in the country — something which companies like Samsung, Nokia, Motorola and LG already did — or to find a distributor that could freely sell the phones. RIM is allegedly looking for such partner while Apple is rumored to do nothing, though Cupertino introduced a fully functional iTunes store for the region.