The US has approved the sale of mobile phones and other communications devices, software and services to Iranians, in order to give them the opportunity to avoid government's restrictions.

The Treasury Department announced on 30 May the end of decades-old sanctions on a broad group of advanced communications equipment, which includes phones, antivirus software, tablets and computers.

"There's been an increasing trend in their efforts (from the government) in new and ever-more-complex and villainous ways to crack down on the free flow of information using sophisticated methods, and this is a response to their efforts," a senior administration official said.

According to the Treasury, this license will give Iranians “freedom to communicate with each other in ways that they don't always have." However, not all citizens will have access to these devices, and both government and groups affiliated with the regime won't be able to buy them.

"The people of Iran should be able to communicate and access information without being subject to reprisals by their government," the department said.

For years, Iranians in the US were complaining about the difficulties of buying Apple products in firms' stores. Employees were telling them that they fear the devices would be illegally send to Iran.

US' decision comes two weeks before the Iranian elections, when the successor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be elected.

Back in 2009, social media and mobile phones played an essential role during the elections. Citizens were able to organise meetings, protests and express their opinions on the Internet, something that activists maintain that can happen also this year if the US gives access to such technologies.