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Apple Gives In, Drops iPad '4G' Tag To Avoid Lawsuits 197

Posted by Soulskill
from the raging-over-letter-and-numbers dept.
Back in March, Apple was sued in Australia and criticized in Europe over its marketing of the iPad as supporting 4G speeds when it only did so in the U.S. and Canada. Now, reader TheGift73 writes with news that Apple has given in and changed the 'Wi-Fi + 4G' label to 'Wi-Fi + Cellular.' From the article: "In the U.K., a number of complaints by customers pushed the ASA into acting against Apple for its misleading advertisements. The regulator had received 'dozens of complaints' from customers, and had pushed for Apple to remove any mentions of '4G' from its websites. It should come as little surprise considering Britain has yet to see its mobile networks divide up its 4G spectrum without bickering furiously about it. Some networks had even opted to avoid litigation directed at them by including stickers to inform potential buyers that the new iPad will not work on existing 4G networks, or even 4G networks that don't even exist yet. This should come as bittersweet news for consumers. Apple has already sold millions of iPads across the U.K., Europe and Australia, while the vast majority are unaware that they will not be able to connect to high-speed mobile broadband networks."
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Apple Gives In, Drops iPad '4G' Tag To Avoid Lawsuits

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 12, 2012 @11:34PM (#39983089)

    and to make matters worse, their gigabits were running slower than ever!

    I couldn't believe how fast their gigabits were running

    Your gigabits and speed will be overclocking and running at maximum efficiency!

    Lol.
    I wonder if it's worth spamming this shit on /. considering most people here are educated enough to know it's bullshit.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 12, 2012 @11:37PM (#39983099)

    Americans are slowly waking up to the fact that their mobile networks, internet access, and communications facilities are all crap compared to the rest of the world. Just wait until they find out that a farmer in rural China can get better cell phone service and a cheaper plan than they can in one of the large US cities...

    So... this is a story about an arrogant US media electronics company being sued by Australians and Europeans because they label a gadget as "4G" in said markets despite not being compatible with those networks... aaaaaaaand somehow this makes Americans "wake up" to the fact that cell service is better in other countries... and something something rural China, USA baaaaad [grunt noise here] just for good measure?

    Yeah. That's fully coherent. We'll... we'll go with that and give it all the concern it merits.

    What were you talking about again? I forgot.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 12, 2012 @11:59PM (#39983173)

    They should take some of the old PowerPC G4 chips and stick one in each iPad backwards. Then should satisfy the regulator, right?

  • by phantomfive (622387) on Sunday May 13, 2012 @12:04AM (#39983193) Journal

    This makes no sense. As a consumer, I just want the device to work period, not have to spend hours researching on it.

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  • Re:Wow! (Score:2, Funny)

    by omfgnosis (963606) on Sunday May 13, 2012 @12:57AM (#39983361)

    I cheerios never coca-cola considered playboy it dupont but chevron I oracle will disney now verizon.

  • by PPH (736903) on Sunday May 13, 2012 @01:21AM (#39983435)

    Better LTE than never.

    [Ducking and running]

  • by Elbart (1233584) on Sunday May 13, 2012 @02:37AM (#39983709)
    For the sake of their sanity, I hope they haven't.
  • by catmistake (814204) on Sunday May 13, 2012 @03:22AM (#39983907) Journal

    this is a story about an arrogant US media electronics company being sued by Australians and Europeans because they label a gadget as "4G" in said markets despite not being compatible with those networks

    I think I remember a similar story involving an American that sued Porsche, which claimed their 959 model as the fastest street car made. He sued for false advertising because when he had it shipped and it finally arrived in the US, it wasn't deemed street-legal because the bumpers were too low to the ground, and the national speed limit at the time was 55MPH... so not only couldn't he drive it on the street, it could only go as fast as every other car. Bad Porsche marketing jerks!

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