Israel Bans iPad

Israel Bans the entry of any iPad into the country due to possible  incompatibility with other devices.

Yes, you have read the tittle correctly, Israel has banned the sale and import (even if you are a tourist) of the most famous tablet on the market, the iPad. What reasons would they have in order to ban the iPad? The reason is that they are citing concerns that the strength of its wireless receivers and transmitters are incompatible with national standards and could disrupt other wireless devices.

Since they have announced the new rules, they have already confiscated 10 iPads. I don’t think that this restriction is going to be forever, only until officials certify that the computers comply with local transmitter standards. For the time being only tourists that go to Israel are in danger of having their iPad confiscated since Apple has delayed the International sale of the iPad until May 10th but Israel is not included.

Israeli officials said the ban has nothing to do with trade and is simply a precaution to assure that the iPad doesn’t disrupt service for wireless devices already in use in Israel.

“If you operate equipment in a frequency band which is different from the others that operate on that frequency band, then there will be interference,” said Nati Schubert, a senior deputy director for the Communications Ministry. “We don’t care where people buy their equipment … but without regulation, you would have chaos.”

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission allows Wi-Fi broadcasting at higher power levels than are allowed in Europe and Israel — meaning that the stronger signal could consume too much bandwidth, or throw off others’ wireless connections. The iPads that have been confiscated are not lost forever, they are only held (for a fee) at customs or until their owners depart the country or ship the gadgets back to the U.S. at their own expense.

I guess we are just going to have to wait and see what happens and how long it takes for everything to be fixed.

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