Australia not happy about Apple’s iPad 4G claims

Tue, Mar 27, 2012


Apple’s newest iPad is 4G compatible, that is of course, as long as you reside in North America. 4G functionality isn’t yet available on iPads sold in other parts of the world, and though Apple says as much in their fine print, Australian regulators don’t think that that’s enough.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accused Apple of misrepresenting the third generation iPad’s wireless data capabilities by including the term “4G” in product advertising. The country’s cell carriers don’t support the 4G radio frequencies the new iPad uses, but by including the term on the Apple website consumers are led to believe they can get the faster data access LTE offers.

The ACCC’s complaint reads in part: “The ACCC alleges that Apple’s recent promotion of the new ‘iPad with WiFi + 4G’ is misleading because it represents to Australian consumers that the product ‘iPad with WiFi + 4G’ can, with a SIM card, connect to a 4G mobile data network in Australia, when this is not the case.”

The ACCC, therefore, alleges that Apple’s iPad advertising violates Australian Consumer Law.

via Mac Observer



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