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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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  • This just in. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Saturday May 12, 2012 @11:17PM (#39983013)
    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...
  • by samkass (174571) on Sunday May 13, 2012 @01:17AM (#39983419) Homepage Journal

    Now if only they'd get rid of the fake "4G" tag the iPhone 4S has on AT&T. It's barely faster than the "3G" on the iPhone 4, and isn't real "4G" by any means.

    Except that it's 4-5x times faster than the "3G" on the Verizon network, so while it's not as fast as LTE it does seem like there's some room for calling it something other than what Verizon called their dog-slow pre-LTE "3G" network. This wasn't Apple's call, anyway... AT&T's HSPA+ network has the "official" 4G designation so it's as "4G" as anything. You'll have to look specifically for "LTE" if you want that speed.

  • Re:This just in. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 13, 2012 @03:53AM (#39984031)

    And there is so much to be proud of in Europe: economic stagnation, economic collapse, xenophobia, discrimination, and a long and rich history of feudalism, imperialism, religious wars, genocide and totalitarianism.

    And Europe is totally unique in that regard! I know I'm feeding but
    - economy: the last major depressions have started in the USA.
    - economic collapse: at least the EU is working to have its budget deficit removed.
    - xenophobia: the USA doesn't have a Westborough church, KKK, private militias, and people from the USA can generally point out any given country on a world map. right?
    - discrimination: the US was the last civilized country to have institutionalized discrimination. Ms Rosa Parks anyone?
    - feudalism: won't even touch the subject with regard to US society but think of how you treat your (former) criminals.
    - imperialism: no no sir the US does not have imperialist politics! no international army presence no sir!
    - religious wars: didn't we have a decade of the USA vs Islam?
    - genocide: there is a debate if killing 1000s of unsuspecting soldiers (drafted by their dictators) by just sending in very advanced weaponry, missiles is a form of genocide.
    - totalitarianism: there are no states in the US trying to control what science can be taught in schools, right? Or try to be different in the US, like being openly gay, leftish or green.

    You described common treats in all human societies. Yes we are that bad. Now get off my lawn.

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