Khaled rambles technology, tea/coffee, consumer rights and other interest from Saudi Arabia

September 8, 2008

Don’t be fooled by the iPhone 3G sellers in Saudi Arabia

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — Khaled A. @ 1:47 am

I just got an SMS from a person (or probably a store) named T-Virus, it is from the game series “Resident Evil”. The message said the following (in Arabic, I translated):

Arabic iPhone 3G has arrived. 8GB 4599SR. 16GB 4999SR. T: 92000XXXX M: 055161XXXX

I have decided to omit the telephone numbers for 2 reasons: 1) I HATE SMS Spam 2) Those prices are exorbitant. The prices in US$ are $1226.4 and $1333 for the 8GB/16GB iPhone 3G models. I recommend that you don’t buy the iPhone 3G at those outrageous prices!

Edit: Apparently it is a local computer store called Reverse Technology EST. Yet somehow they got the domain t-virus.com.sa which is, obviously, unrelated to the name. What is SaudiNIC doing? That domain goes against the regulations which states:

3-4 For registering any trademark or trade name a copy of the registration with the Ministry of Commerce in Saudi Arabia is needed.

The store’s name is Reverse Technology, not T-Virus or Technology Virus.

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