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Thursday, February 8, 2018
Iran Furious - Samsung won't give Iranian Olympic athletes smartphones

Iran Furious Enough to Boycott Samsung after Racist Act against Athletes in
S. Korea
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:54
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13961119000957

TEHRAN (FNA)- People and activists in Iran warned to boycott Samsung
Electronics' products, the sponsor of the Winter Olympic Games in South
Korea, after it excluded Iranian athletes from receiving high-end
smartphones being handed out to their fellow competitors because of western
sanctions.

Iranian activists launched a web campaign, using different hashtags to
boycott Samsung products, stressing that they are angry with the South
Korean electronics firm's evil act against their athletes. This is while the
company has had luxurious revenues from official advertising and selling its
products in Iran.

Meantime, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi announced that
the South Korean envoy to Tehran has been summoned to the foreign ministry.

"If Samsung company doesn’t apologize for this unwise measure, this issue
will leave strong impacts on trade relations between Samsung company and the
Islamic Republic of Iran," he said.

Also, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was one of Samsung
company's customers, announced that he will no more use his Samsung
smartphone if the South Korean company doesn’t apologize to the Iranian
nation by Thursday evening.

Iran's Fars News Agency (FNA) also announced that it has decided to cancel a
contract for advertising Samsung products on its website after the company's
immoral act against the Iranian athletes.

Meantime, Iran's Communications Minister Azari Jahromi said he is studying
suspending Samsung's registry in the country's cellular network.

Samsung's strange move against Iranians comes at a time when the mega-Korean
company has official distribution centers and representative offices in
cities across Iran.

Iran is a key market for Samsung electronics. The company has an important
share of the home appliance market in the country of 80 million along with
another South Korean company, LG.

Based on a report released by the GFK (Society for Consumer Research),
Samsung had a 51% share of cellphone sales in Iran in the summer of 2017. LG
with 13% was in third place while China’s Huawei with 14 percent was second.

Winter Olympic Games sponsor Samsung Electronics has donated 4,000 "Olympic
edition" handsets of its flagship Galaxy Note 8 device to be distributed
among athletes and IOC officials free of charge.

But organizers said Wednesday that North Korean and Iranian athletes at the
Winter Olympics will not receive high-end smartphones being handed out to
their fellow competitors because of UN sanctions.

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