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Israel bans iPad from the country

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Apr 2010 21:18 User comments (15)

Israel bans iPad from the country The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has reported today that the Apple iPad has been blocked from entering Israel, with customs officials confiscating all devices upon entry.
10 devices have already been seized, and tourists visiting the country only get their iPads back when they leave.

The problem seems to be with the iPad's built-in Wi-Fi, which will disrupt the signals of other devices that use different standards.

"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,"
says Nati Schubert, a senior deputy director for the Israeli Communications Ministry. "We don't care where people buy their equipment. ... But without regulation, you would have chaos."

In the U.S., devices with built-in Wi-Fi have the capability to broadcast at higher power levels than are allowed by "European standards."

While consumers and tourists alike have complained about the ban, some developers were able to get the device imported before the ban and will use it to develop apps.

"There are several hundred people in Israel who make their livelihood developing apps ... and there are going to be companies that suffer, because they can't deliver the services they're supposed to be delivering," adds an anonymous developer with an iPad in Israel (via the AP)

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15 user comments

115.4.2010 21:49

And nothing of value was lost.

215.4.2010 22:33

I'm not a fan of most Apple products, especially Steve Jobs and the iPad/iPhone/Macs, but isn't this just a little extreme? Maybe their "frequency band" isn't that great then. Fix it, instead of banning electronics. They would have much less chances of "chaos" if the fixed the main problem directly instead of creating another one.

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315.4.2010 23:21

We all know those home made terrorist bombs operate on a wifi Frequency wouldn't want terrorist to just explode know would we

416.4.2010 1:17

Originally posted by mike.m:
I'm not a fan of most Apple products, especially Steve Jobs and the iPad/iPhone/Macs, but isn't this just a little extreme? Maybe their "frequency band" isn't that great then. Fix it, instead of banning electronics. They would have much less chances of "chaos" if the fixed the main problem directly instead of creating another one.
Fix it? Re-structure their entire frequency spectrum just so d-bag Americans can use their stuff there???

516.4.2010 2:07

Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Originally posted by mike.m:
I'm not a fan of most Apple products, especially Steve Jobs and the iPad/iPhone/Macs, but isn't this just a little extreme? Maybe their "frequency band" isn't that great then. Fix it, instead of banning electronics. They would have much less chances of "chaos" if the fixed the main problem directly instead of creating another one.
Fix it? Re-structure their entire frequency spectrum just so d-bag Americans can use their stuff there???
I agree with you, even though I am an American and NOT a "d-bag." Thanks.

616.4.2010 5:08

Originally posted by cart0181:
Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
Originally posted by mike.m:
I'm not a fan of most Apple products, especially Steve Jobs and the iPad/iPhone/Macs, but isn't this just a little extreme? Maybe their "frequency band" isn't that great then. Fix it, instead of banning electronics. They would have much less chances of "chaos" if the fixed the main problem directly instead of creating another one.
Fix it? Re-structure their entire frequency spectrum just so d-bag Americans can use their stuff there???
I agree with you, even though I am an American and NOT a "d-bag." Thanks.
:-) I only meant the ones who were gonna get uppity about not having every 'need' (i.e. demand) satisfied.

716.4.2010 10:25

Originally posted by DXR88:
We all know those home made terrorist bombs operate on a wifi Frequency wouldn't want terrorist to just explode know would we
...you're saying Israelis are terrorists?

816.4.2010 13:33

Originally posted by OmriSama:
Originally posted by DXR88:
We all know those home made terrorist bombs operate on a wifi Frequency wouldn't want terrorist to just explode know would we
...you're saying Israelis are terrorists?
We're all terrorist in the eyes of the government.

917.4.2010 6:04

Originally posted by DXR88:
Originally posted by OmriSama:
Originally posted by DXR88:
We all know those home made terrorist bombs operate on a wifi Frequency wouldn't want terrorist to just explode know would we
...you're saying Israelis are terrorists?
We're all terrorist in the eyes of the government.
im sorry but that comment simply warrants a "shut your mouth"
this is no place to start talking about this feud,terrorism and politics.

on a different note, im proud of my country and i laughed so hard when i read this article on Haaretz. despite the obvious reason of the device interfering with wifi frequency, the real sacred rule israelis have is to never come across as "suckers" (the word is *fryer if you ever visit) and i think the goverment is just protecting the fools here from purchasing an overhyped product because of poor judgement on their behalf :)

1017.4.2010 9:01

Originally posted by Josipher:
Originally posted by DXR88:
Originally posted by OmriSama:
Originally posted by DXR88:
We all know those home made terrorist bombs operate on a wifi Frequency wouldn't want terrorist to just explode know would we
...you're saying Israelis are terrorists?
We're all terrorist in the eyes of the government.
im sorry but that comment simply warrants a "shut your mouth"
this is no place to start talking about this feud,terrorism and politics.

on a different note, im proud of my country and i laughed so hard when i read this article on Haaretz. despite the obvious reason of the device interfering with wifi frequency, the real sacred rule israelis have is to never come across as "suckers" (the word is *fryer if you ever visit) and i think the goverment is just protecting the fools here from purchasing an overhyped product because of poor judgement on their behalf :)
Well, at least we can both agree on that.

1117.4.2010 14:26

Originally posted by OmriSama:
Originally posted by DXR88:
We all know those home made terrorist bombs operate on a wifi Frequency wouldn't want terrorist to just explode know would we
...you're saying Israelis are terrorists?
LOL DRX88

I didn't get that impression... but 10 to 1 someone will get their nose out of joint...

Wupps, too late... :P


(It had to be someone from either side). :D
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1217.4.2010 14:31
Paula_X
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Not terrorists.. but USA sponsored and supported invaders and stealers of sovereign territory (west bank and gaza) .. sound familiar? (iraq)

1317.4.2010 17:01

lets stay on topic please.

1418.4.2010 4:58

Originally posted by Paula_X:
Not terrorists.. but USA sponsored and supported invaders and stealers of sovereign territory (west bank and gaza) .. sound familiar? (iraq)
Originally posted by ddp:
lets stay on topic please.
yup, im definitely holding myself cause this would surely end badly.
seriously. shut up paula.

1518.4.2010 14:58

Originally posted by Josipher:
Originally posted by Paula_X:
Not terrorists.. but USA sponsored and supported invaders and stealers of sovereign territory (west bank and gaza) .. sound familiar? (iraq)
Originally posted by ddp:
lets stay on topic please.
yup, im definitely holding myself cause this would surely end badly.
seriously. shut up paula.
And if she doesn't, what are you gonna do... bomb her???

LOL

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