A woman showing off her new iPhone 4s in NY 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)
Communications Ministry has banned the import of iPhone 4s. The ministry
rejected importers applications to import Apple's latest smartphone,
but were told that until Israeli mobile carriers launch iPhone 4s, the
ministry will not issue a certificate for a new device and will not
allow it into the country.
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The Communications Ministry previously
banned iPod imports on the same grounds, until massive public pressure
forced Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon to change his mind.
In a partial reform of Israel's telecommunications market, importers can
only import devices already sold in Israel by mobile carriers, and
which comply with all international standards. Since the mobile carriers
have not yet launched the iPhone 4s, nor have they received any permits
for it, importers cannot import it.
The Communications Ministry said in response, "Following the request by
the importers and mobile carriers on this matter, the ministry is in the
approval process, and commercial imports of the devices will be
approved as soon as possible."
Although the Knesset passed the reform of telecommunications devices
last year, the reform has not been implemented because the
Communications Ministry has not prepared the formal documentation and