This move is believed to have affected some users as they were locked out after only a few days of using Xiaomi phones.
Xiaomi seems to have enforced its export policy which prohibits the use of phones manufactured in certain world regions. The company is now proactively preventing access to its devices which may have been illegally transferred to some countries.
The banned countries are Syria, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Crimea, and North Korea, but unauthorized sellers continue to smuggle Xiaomi phones into the region for sale. However, it is unclear how this group of restricted areas is defined, as Xiaomi still does not have an official presence in more countries.
Xiaomi’s export policy prohibits the sale or export of its devices to unapproved territories, although the devices may still function under certain circumstances. Reporting from Gizmochina (September 11), Xiaomi has just started implementing a policy by preventing new devices from being activated from unauthorized regions.
This move is believed to have affected some users as they were locked out after only a few days of using Xiaomi phones. Affected users may get a notification that Xiaomi’s policy does not allow the sale or provision of its products to the user’s territory to reject the activation request. Users are directed to contact the seller for additional information.
It is not clear whether the policy will affect Xiaomi devices that have been activated in approved territories and used in restricted areas. This enforcement is only running at the core of the reseller syndicate. Vendors thrive on their ability to provide functional devices in jurisdictions where manufacturers do not yet exist.