Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) said that an "extremely small" number of its iPad 2 tablets for Verizon Wireless' (NYSE:VZ) CDMA EV-DO network have been recalled due to a network connectivity glitch. Apple, which has sold 25 million total iPads since the first version went on sale last year, said it is replacing the affected units that were shipped with new ones.
Apple said the devices were flashed with duplicate MEID codes, resulting in the devices not being able to connect to Verizon's network. Apple declined to specify exactly how many devices were impacted.
MEID stands for mobile equipment identifier, which recognizes individual devices when they connect to a cellular network. Devices cannot have duplicate MEID codes and function properly on the network.
This is not the first time Apple has experienced an iPad 2 glitch with Verizon's network. When the device first went on sale earlier this year, some Verizon customers reported having connectivity issues. Apple acknowledged the issue and said it was investigating.
- see this Reuters article
- see this WSJ article (sub. req.)
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