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Israel this week banned imports of one of the most exciting product from Apple, the iPad. Yes as unbelievable as it seems this is being done citing concerns that strength of its wireless receivers and transmitters are incompatible with its national standards and could disrupt other wireless devices.
Are you serious?
The ban affects not just imports but anyone intending to bring in an iPad including tourists and governement officials.
About 10 iPads were already confiscated after the ban was announced this week. The siezed iPads were kept in storage and the owners are being charged a daily storage fee or have the option to ship it back to the country they desire.
As the sale is only limited to within the US Apple is not concerned yet, but the May 10th date scheduled for international ordering does not include 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.”
According to Nati, the European and Israeli commissions do not allow strong wi-fi broadcasting unlike the US. They fear that this would consume too much bandwidth and throw off other devices around them.
The officials expect Apple to resolve the issue before the international release of the iPad.
Apple is distributed in Israel by iDigital declined to comment on the issue.
May be Israel should upgrade its network infrastructure than resorting to such tricks!