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News: iPhone - No GPS in Egypt!

pocketgpsworld.com Picked this up on the wires this morning. As a result of the Egyptian Government issuing a ban on the sale and use of GPS systems 5 years back, iPhone's used in Egypt will have access to the GPS function disabled.

An Apple knowledge base article here states that "GPS is not available while in Egypt or when using an Egyptian iPhone", and goes on to clarify as follows:
  • iPhones purchased in Egypt do not have GPS enabled
  • iPhones purchased in Egypt and used outside of Egypt do not have GPS enabled
  • iPhones used whilst roaming in Egypt do not have GPS enabled
  • Unlocked iPhones used with Egyptian SIMs do not have GPS enabled
Quite how this function is being disabled is not yet known, it may be as simple as having the firmware switch off GPS when an Egyptian carrier is detected. Egypt classes GPS as a military grade technology and now bans the import and sale of all GPS equipped devices without a licence. Use of a GPS is only permitted after approval from security authorities.

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Posted on Thursday, December 11 @ 12:33:09 UTC by Darren Griffin

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