Xiaomi is not officially represented in the markets of some countries or regions, including the United States. However, this does not prevent you from importing her devices there. Xiaomi smartphones can work perfectly in any region of the world, provided that they support the bands that local carriers work with. This was the case until recently, but now the situation has changed and some restrictions have appeared.

Although Xiaomi’s export policy prohibits the sale of smartphones in some countries and regions, the company has not previously prevented the activation and use of devices in their territory. Now Xiaomi’s policy has changed. In recent months, Reddit and Facebook users have reported several times that Xiaomi smartphones have been blocked in a certain region, but since last week, the number of blocks has increased significantly.

Restricted users reported that the following message is displayed on the devices: * «Xiaomi policy does not allow the product to be sold in the territory where you tried to activate it. For more information, please contact the seller directly»*.

At the moment, there is no complete list of countries and regions where there are problems using Xiaomi devices. It is only known that users have problems in Cuba, Syria, Iran, North Korea and Sudan, as well as in the Crimea.

Interestingly, the issue does not seem to affect smartphones running unofficial firmware. It is worth noting that Xiaomi’s «Terms of Use» clearly states that buyers are prohibited from exporting smartphones to certain regions. However, the company does not indicate that it will block devices if this rule is violated.