Apple Halts Verizon iPad 2 Sales; Duplicate MEIDs Could be the Reason

June 11, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Verizon customers who pre-ordered the Apple iPad 2 are  in for an unpleasant situation here. Some of the recently shipped iPad 2s are said to have carried already-used identity codes of other Apple products.

This could have turned out to cause some major problems on Verizon’s network. However, it is said that Apple has blocked the delivery of these iPads, which was primarily developed to work on the Verizon Wireless network.

If you are wondering as to how big the problem is, Apple had told WSJ that the number of affected devices was “extremely small”. The exact reason behind the retracting of devices is an issue regarding the duplicate MEIDs, supposed to be unique on each device.

A user has been quoted as saying that he contacted Verizon, and he was told that there is a batch of iPad 2s with duplicate MEIDS and the only possible way out is to return his iPad 2 and receive a new unit.

Apple has issued a list of serial numbers to retail locations and is urging the employees to scan all the Verizon iPads and to return any that match the list.

As of now, Apple has started dishing out $50 credits or an iPad accessory to customers whose orders were retracted. Stay with us to be updated on this glitch. Please, leave your comments.

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