Egypt bans GPS systems
Wednesday, December 10, 2008/
One of the best features of Apple’s iPhone is the ability to use GPS software to help you find your way. But as the group prepares to sell the phone in Egypt, it will have to drop the feature to comply with the country’s terrorism laws.
Egypt has banned the importing of all global positioning system enabled devices, including mobile phones, claiming the feature is a military grade technology.
What’s more, the Egyptian officials claim it can be used to help pinpoint government buildings or be used by terrorists.
“GPS is not available while in Egypt, or when using an Egyptian phone”, which “is consistent with Egyptian law regarding GPS enabled devices”, Apple has announced.
The ban on GPS devices has been in place for five years. Even mobile phone producer Nokia has run afoul of the ban, and is now in negotiations with the Egyptian Government to let it sell its devices in the country.