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Small number of Verizon iPad 2 units recalled

“Extremely small number” of iPad 2 tablets recalled due to 3G connectivity issue

It seems as if the iPad 2 and Verizon's 3G network just don't feel like playing nice with each other. Back in April, multiple users complained of having to restart their iPad 2 whenever they wished to enable 3G and now another issue has popped up.

Over the past few weeks, customers awaiting delivery of their new iPad 2 have been reporting that the device was sent back prior to reaching their doorsteps. In addition, other users had trouble connecting to Verizon’s 3G network and it was speculated that the two problems were related in some way.

Now it appears that the culprit causing all the troubles is a duplicate MEID number that was flashed onto a number of iPad 2s. The MEID number is used by the device to connect to Verizon’s 3G network, but is specific to each device and will not work if it is a duplicate. Thankfully, Apple seems to have caught wind of the issue and is recalling the affected tablets.

An Apple spokeswoman commented on the issue by saying "duplicate MEID codes were flashed onto an extremely small number of iPad units for the Verizon 3G network". Unfortunately, the spokeswoman failed to specify the exact number of plagued devices.

Customers experiencing issues with their 3G iPad 2 are advised to head over to Verizon and switch in their tablet for a new one. In addition, Apple is offering the choice between a $50 credit or certain iPad accessories to make up for the trouble. 


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-06-16 (Update: 2012-05-26)