Posted by: David Harley | April 15, 2010

Israeli Confiscations: iPads are byePads

If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.* If you’re going to Israel, however, don’t wear your shiny new US-sourced iPad anywhere, at least until the Israeli Ministry of Communications has decided whether to approve it for use in Israel, despite the fact that its “wireless technology is not compatible with Israeli standards.”

In fact, the point of dispute seems to be over the fact that US iPads are, not unreasonably, compatible with US WiFi standards. However, since the Israeli standards are the same as Europe’s, presumably Apple will be shipping export versions that meet those standards. That won’t help anyone entering the country with a US version unless the Communications Ministry soften their hardline stance, though. At the moment, iPads are being confiscated at point of entry. According to one victim, his iPad is currently sitting in a customs warehouse, not providing R&R for stressed customs officials. However he is being charged for the privilege of having it sit there.

Story by Bar Ben Ari and Zohar Blumenkrantz for Haaretz, the Tel Aviv news service, by way of Rik Myslewski for The Register.

* Note, though, that McKenzie was probably thinking of travelling to San Francisco from elsewhere in  the US. If you’re flying in from somewhere else, you might bear in mind that US Customs are rather cautious about plant imports. 🙂

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