Apple iPad blocked in Israel
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 16/04/2010 23:01
Israel has banned imports of Apple's new product, the iPad, amid concerns that its Wi-Fi signals could disrupt other devices.
Customs officials said yesterday they have already confiscated about 10 of the lightweight tablet computers since Israel announced the new regulations this week. The ban prevents anyone, even tourists, from bringing iPads into Israel until officials certify that they comply with local transmitter standards.
Apple iPad banned in Israel
The Israeli government, citing compliance concerns, says it will seize any Apple iPads imported through customs. Meanwhile, international demand for the Apple iPad continues to grow.
Headed to Israel? Better leave that brand new Apple iPad behind. Earlier this week, the Israeli Communications Ministry directed the customs authority to confiscate all iPads coming into the country - effectively instituting a ban on Apple's newest device. The announcement "follows the refusal of the ministry's engineering staff to compromise on testing the device's suitability and compliance with Israeli wireless networks," reports Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
Israel iPad Ban Puzzles Many
Israel this week has been blocking travelers from bringing Apple Inc.'s new iPad into the country saying the device's wireless technology threatens to create interference with other products, a move that has puzzled people both in Israel and Silicon Valley.
The Ministry of Communications said the ban was instituted earlier this week because the iPad's Wi-Fi wireless technology was built to the U.S. standard, which allows stronger signals than those allowed in Europe and Israel.