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Mobile phone tax causes sales slump in Jordan

Mobile phone vendors in Jordan have said their sales had dropped by about 30% after an 8% tax on mobile devices went into effect early last month, Jordan Times has reported. According to the vendors, the new tax raised the price of mobile devices such as iPhones and BlackBerrys by between JD20 ($28.2) and JD40. Mohammad Al Qalam, head of the committee representing mobile device importers in the kingdom, urged the government to reconsider its decision, saying mobile stores are losing every day. "Traders from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Yemen do not buy mobile devices from Jordan anymore… They head to Dubai, where prices are lower," he said.