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Phones sold in Russia to support GLONASS

Russia: Phones sold in Russia will have to use GLONASS or GLONASS + GPS as of 2014. Phones with only GPS will be illegal in Russia, and any mobile devices imported will have to support GLONASS. A new bill claims that in order to guarantee stable operation of a unified telecom network in Russia regardless of conditions it’s necessary that the satnav system used by devices on its territory was controlled by the Russian Federation. The emphasis on conditions for effective use of GLONASS by all cellphones in Russia is one of the priorities for the development of the system.

The bill’s authors note that after the bill is adopted, its requirements will cover all manufacturers and vendors of cellphones, making it impossible to cell a mobile device without GLONASS support on the territory of the country.

Source: Voice of Russia