This is one of those news bits that just makes me think there is more to the story. Manuals.ws (via Electronista) is reporting that the Argentinean government has banned the sale of foreign made BlackBerrys and Apple iPhones to spur local development. This was a surprise decision taken to reduce inflation and strengthen the currency. In order to be allowed to continue selling devices in Argentina companies will have to build plants in the country which Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, & LG already have. Supposedly RIM is already looking for a partner to build devices in Argentina but Apple is just holding by.
Anybody else wondering if there is something else going on? Or is this just a protectionism play to get RIM to invest back in the country?