Apple has recalled a number of iPad 2 devices for the Verizon 3G network due to a duplicate MEID code that was printed on the units. MEID codes are supposed to be unique to each iPad 2, as they allow those specific devices to connect to a CDMA network. However, because a certain code printed on more than one device, it prevented all of the affected iPads from connecting to the Verizon network via 3G.
According to Wired.com, Apple Stores were provided with a list of all serial numbers that employees needed to scan to determine which, if any, devices were affected. One store employee noted that he had to send 100 units back to China. Many consumers who ordered iPads in the past few days received delivery exception notifications informing them that their tablet deliveries had to be halted to fix this problem.