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Israeli government lifts barrier on iPad imports

updated 10:30 am EDT, Mon April 26, 2010

Greenlights wireless tech

The Israeli government has removed a short-lived hold on iPad imports, according to IDG News. The device was blocked on the basis that it might not conform to local and/or European Wi-Fi standards. IDG adds that one Israeli legislator suggested the tablet might interfere with military frequencies.

Israel's Ministry of Communications now states though that after "scrutiny conducted by the Ministry technical team vis-à-vis Apple's team, international laboratory and European counterparts," the first wave of iPads -- originally intended only for the US -- are safe for sale in the country. The ban has in some cases been viewed with suspicion, as people have had no problem importing iPads into Europe. One Apple importer, Boaz Ordan, notes that the official Apple reseller for Israel, iDigital, may have wanted to artificially restrict the gray market before a local tablet could launched. iDigital is owned by the son of the country's president, Shimon Peres.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Finally, someone realized how silly it was

    Or is this another publicity stunt—paid off or not?

  1. jmonty12

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Total Garbage

    Unless the Israeli government blocks ALL before-unseen wireless devices from the country until they have been tested, their blocking of the iPad can only have been for someone's advantage. There can be no other excuse.

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969


    who cares

    Israelis are a bunch of whiners.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It couldn't be that it was due to them wanting to make sure it complied with THEIR communication laws and standards. No, it had to be some other reason. Probably paid off by MS or something.

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