“If you had thought to buy Apple’s new iPad tablet computer any time soon and bring it to Israel, you may have to change your plans: Starting yesterday, the Communications Ministry has blocked the import of iPads to Israel, and the customs authority has been directed to confiscate them,” Bar Ben Ari and Zohar Blumenkrantz report for Haaretz.com.
“The decision follows the refusal of the ministry’s engineering staff to compromise on testing the device’s suitability and compliance with Israeli wireless networks,” Ben Ari and Blumenkrantz report. “‘The iPad device sold exclusively today in the United States operates at broadcast power levels [over its WiFi modem] compatible with American standards,’ explained the officials. ‘As the Israeli regulations in the area of WiFi are similar to European standards, which are different from American standards, which permit broadcasting at lower power, therefore the broadcast levels of the device prevent approving its use in Israel,’ said the officials.”
Ben Ari and Blumenkrantz report, “The ministry has requested all the relevant information on the iPad from Apple’s Israeli distributor, iDigital, so as to approve importing iPads… The head of customs at Ben-Gurion International Airport said yesterday they have confiscated 10 iPads, including those their owners declared and on which they offered to pay the 16% VAT required by law.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]