Iran's imports of mobile phones fell by 19.1% from April to July

(MENAFN) In April through July, mobile phone imports into Iran decreased considerably year over year amid rumors of limitations on the entry of high-end phones.

According to data released on Thursday by Iran's organization of mobile phone importers (CPMA), the country spent $970 million on mobile phone imports in the four months leading up to July 22, a 19.1% decrease from the same time previous year.

As shown in the statistics, between April and July, almost four million mobile phones were imported into Iran, compared to over six million during the same time previous year.

Statistics showed that almost 6% of the exports into Iran during the period were mobile phones costing more than $600.

The numbers were released a few months after rumors surfaced that Iran had placed limitations on the importation of high-end smartphones, including those made by Apple Inc. of the US.

Authorities have not publicly acknowledged the existence of such limitations, but mobile importers claim they have had trouble obtaining government-subsidized foreign currency to pay for their cargoes.


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