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Brazil Blocks Foreign Mobile Phones 97

First time accepted submitter fabrica64 writes "The Brazilian government has today started blocking mobile phones not sold in Brazil (Portuguese-language original), i.e. not having paid sales taxes here. The blocking is based on IMEI, and if you come to Brazil for the World Cup in June and think of buying a Brazilian SIM card to call locally at lower rates, then it won't work because your mobile's IMEI will be blacklisted as not sold in Brazil. This is not a joke, it's true!"
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Brazil Blocks Foreign Mobile Phones

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Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!