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Israel bans iPad imports

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2010
News Categories: iPad

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the Communications Ministry in Israel has blocked the import of iPads to that country, directing customs officers to confiscate any iPads that are brought in from the U.S. According to ministry officials the iPad has not received the approval required for wireless devices to operate in Israel, the problem being that its wireless technology is “not compatible with Israeli standards.” Specifically, FCC regulations allow Wi-Fi devices sold in the U.S. to broadcast at higher power levels than are permitted in Europe and Israel, potentially preventing U.S. iPads from being approved for use in Israel. The ministry has requested information from Apple’s Israeli distributor, iDigital, to determine whether it will be able to approve importing iPads under Israeli communications regulations. [via Daring Fireball]

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1

Due to a lot of criticism and protest over this mind boggling decision by the communications office, it has actually been reverted somewhat.
Every Israeli citizen is now allowed to import one iPad only.
Honestly I see even this limitation as being removed soon as it is completely unwarranted and unnecessary.

Posted by Daniel K. on April 14, 2010 at 10:14 AM (PDT)

2

I brought an iPad into the country before the ban and used it without issue. I don’t think this is a real issue and wonder what the real motivation is here. I am glad to hear that they have reversed the decision according to the comment above but this was not anything I have heard today in the Israel press.

Posted by Larry on April 14, 2010 at 1:07 PM (PDT)

3

The decision is not legal, as they claim the issue is that iPad does not have European standard.

The real issue probably is comercial interest, but what you can expect from a country having it’s ex prime minister on trial ?

Posted by Jolly cohen on April 14, 2010 at 1:22 PM (PDT)

4

@Daniel K. Can you direct me to some documentation on that point? I’m trying to get one…

Posted by Ray on April 15, 2010 at 12:20 AM (PDT)

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