Israel bans iPad imports due to Wi-Fi

Importing the newly released iPad has been banned by Israeli authorities because of fears the Wi-Fi capability can broadcast at a higher power level and may interfere with other wireless connections. The U.S., unlike Europe and Israel, allows Wi-Fi devices to broadcast at higher power levels which prompted the ban. 

Since the new regulations were brought in 10 iPads have been confiscated according to Israeli customs officials on Thursday. The ban covers everyone entering the country, including tourists, and will continue until officials certify the device complies with local transmitter standards. 

No European nations with similar standards have imposed a ban on the iPad. The iPads will be held by customs authorities and a daily fee will be charged until the owners leave the country or pay to have the device shipped to the US. 

Israeli spokesperson Nati Schubert said, "We don't care where people buy their equipment ... But without regulation, you would have chaos". Schubert said he expects the international release of the iPad to resolve the import ban.

The ban could last over a month as the international release for the iPad has been delayed until the end of May. Pre-orders for the iPad begin on May 10 internationally. Apple is yet to publicly comment on the issue.

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Julius Caro said,
It makes sense if it doesnt comply with regulations.

I could see your point if they were just confiscating ones being shipped into the country for resale, but they are also confiscating the ones owned by tourists as well. That, to my knowledge, is at least unusual.

Edited by roadwarrior, Apr 16 2010, 12:56pm :

roadwarrior said,

I could see your point if they were just confiscating ones being shipped into the country for resale, but they are also confiscating the ones owned by tourists as well. That, to my knowledge, is at least unusual.

umm not really they'll take just about whatever they like off you and you have no say in the matter it maybe because they just don't like the look of you laptops are a Fav thing to be confiscated under the ruse of a Security breach there's been alot of reports of peoples laptops being returned fraged or damaged beyond repair or just not returned at all

Gargamel1984 said,
I don't like apple but, I can't imagine the discomfort of arriving to Israel with an ipad and getting treated like a terrorist

and to top it all off, you have to pay for them to hold it. Is it only me or are they looking to make money from this ban?

Quick Shot said,

and to top it all off, you have to pay for them to hold it. Is it only me or are they looking to make money from this ban?

yes, "treated like a terrorist" or... you know...carrying a device that can interrupt network traffic so they tell you you cant use it in their country. it's like bringing anything else into a country, if it's goigt o do harm they can say no.

this why we are not allowed to use iPad in israel: orange | cellcome and pelephone with idigital, are working hard to stop us for get an ipad in israel cuz they watining for the ipad to aarive next moonth.

it's all about the money.

roadwarrior said,
By the way, does this quote make any sense to anyone here?:

I'm guessing something was lost in the translation there, because he seems to contrdict himself.

He is saying that there will be interference between two diferent devices if they operate on the same frequency band (and he is not refering to things like laptop and wifi phone on the same freq, but something like the laptop's or the phone's wifi transmiter and STA missle remote.) At least that is my understanding.

roadwarrior said,
By the way, does this quote make any sense to anyone here?:

I'm guessing something was lost in the translation there, because he seems to contrdict himself.

He is saying that there will be interference between two diferent devices if they operate on the same frequency band (and he is not refering to things like laptop and wifi phone on the same freq, but something like the laptop's or the phone's wifi transmiter and STA missle remote.) At least that is my understanding.

roadwarrior said,
By the way, does this quote make any sense to anyone here?:

I'm guessing something was lost in the translation there, because he seems to contrdict himself.

Your are correct- the statement is a contradiction.

Regression_88 said,
Your are correct- the statement is a contradiction.

How is he contradicts himself? With "others", he was talking about equipments and not frequencies.

mdew said,
how is wifi different in israel?

it's not, but the ipad can cause interference state side, us's limits on devices are more lenient then isreal's though.

Well, they already have a week Wi-fi signal, so shouldnt be an issue...unless the terrorists get really close to the signal source..haha

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