Indonesian carrier Smartfren has today announced that it will begin accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 7 beginning Friday, March 24. While pricing has yet to be announced, customers can sign up on the carrier’s website for more information. In-store sales from select authorized resellers will begin on Friday, March 31.
While the iPhone 7 has been available in most countries since September, the Indonesian government requires 4G-capable smartphones to have at least 30% “local content” which could mean hardware, software or in this specific case, a commitment to invest in the country.
Apple recently satisfied the requirement by investing $44 million in the country by pushing research and development in Indonesia over the course of 3 years, and will also be developing an iOS Development Center in the country. Apple was able to obtain a “local content certification,” which allows the company to sell iPhones in Indonesia.