iPad in Israel

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The Israeli importer of  Apple products, iDigital, said it would begin selling iPads in Israel in a few weeks,  four months after the government lifted a ban on people bringing the device into the country.

Israel’s government stoked public anger in April when customs agents at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion airport began confiscating iPads from arriving passengers, saying the iPad could interfere with other wireless devices.

The Communications Ministry had banned the import of  iPads, saying they did not meet European standards adopted by Israel for wireless use of communications frequencies.

A few weeks later, the ministry lifted its ban and said it found the iPad’s wireless signal did not disrupt other devices.

iDigital, the Israeli importer of  Apple products, said in a statement iPads would be available for sale in Israel in a few weeks but gave no exact date.  Like its smaller brother, the iPod, countless numbers of  iPads have been brought into Israel already.

One Israeli electronics chain will start to sell iPads later this week at 3,800 shekels, or  $1,000, according to Israeli newspapers.  Prices in the United States start at $500.

iDigital said it did not authorise those iPads and they will be without warranties and full Hebrew language support.

(more Reuters)

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