Xiaomi starts blocking its phones in several regions


When a product is launched, getting it sold in a country or region isn’t as easy as just exporting it there. Companies need to ensure that the devices are compliant with local laws and regulations, and when it comes to phones, usually gray imports are allowed and you can use a phone not intended for the US as long as it works on local carrier bands.

For the most part, most companies don’t really do much about these gray imports, but it looks like Xiaomi is starting to take it more seriously. According to an increasing number of user reports, it seems that the company has started blocking phones in several countries around the world.

This includes countries such as Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, and Crimea. Why those countries? Apparently this is to comply with export regulations as well as putting a stop to resellers. Prior to this, the company’s phones had no issues being used in the country, so assuming these user reports are accurate, it seems that the company is retroactively blocking them.

That being said, it should be noted that based on comments and replies to the tweet by XDA’s Mishaal Rahman, not all users in those countries are experiencing these problems. We’re not sure how Xiaomi is selecting the devices to block or if there could be something else we’re missing, but it is a bit worrying that companies can block phones even after customers have paid for them and were using them just fine.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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