South Korea lifts its iPad ban

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“South Korea’s brief blockade of the iPad is coming down,” Evan Ramstad reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The country’s communications regulator on Tuesday said it wouldn’t stop people from importing Apple Inc.’s iPad for personal use, ending a ban that early adopters in this tech-savvy country dubbed unfair,” Ramstad reports. “Some Korean tech Web sites had even started to publicly expose famous Koreans who had the gadget in apparent violation of the ban.”

“The issue climaxed Monday when the minister of culture, tourism and sports, apparently unaware of the rules laid down by the Korea Communications Commission earlier this month, used an iPad as a prop at a news conference to announce a $50 million fund to support electronic-book publishing,” Ramstad reports. “Technically, the minister, Yu In-chon, didn’t violate the commission’s ban, which was in place because it hadn’t certified the iPad’s wireless networking features, and he didn’t use that capability in his presentation.”

Ramstad reports, “But the noise was enough for the commission to announce Tuesday that it would soon certify the iPad and that people who are using it for individual purposes—and companies that are using it for research and development of products for it—don’t need to worry.”

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  1. Koreans have been pretty good in keeping foreign products out of their markets. When u go there it seems like everything from the sidewalk bricks to airplane engines are made buy Hyundai or something. I think they could’ve extented the approval process for year or so for fun.

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