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Israel lifts Apple iPad ban

Israel has lifted a ban on imports of Apple's iPad, which was imposed because authorities said the device's Wi-Fi system was incompatible with Israel's wireless standard.

Israel has lifted a ban on imports of Apple's iPad, which was imposed because authorities said the device's Wi-Fi system was incompatible with Israel's wireless standard.

Customs officials at airports had been instructed to confiscate the devices from passengers arriving in Israel because of fears they would interfere with other wireless devices.

Customs officers at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport seized at least 10 iPads from passengers who had acquired the devices in the US.

At the weekend, Israel's communications ministry said the ban had been lifted "following the completion of intensive technical scrutiny", according to Reuters.

The ministry said its technical team had determined that the iPad could be operated in Israel according to local standards and without interfering with other wireless devices.

The ministry has ordered the release of 20 iPads that had been confiscated, but said the import of only one device per person would be allowed.

Apple will start selling the iPad worldwide at the end of May after unexpectedly high demand in the US forced the company to delay sales elsewhere by a month.

The company said it would not announce international pricing or start taking pre-orders until 10 May.

Only a Wi-Fi version of the device has been released so far. A 3G version is expected to launch in the US at the end of April.

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