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Australian Consumer Watchdog Sues Apple Over iPad Marketing 193

Fluffeh writes "Australia's competition regulator will today take iconic technology giant Apple to court for advertising its new iPad tablet as featuring '4G' speeds — which are not supported on Australian telecommunications networks. One of the key features of the new iPad is support for 4G speeds, however, the 4G speeds which the new iPad supports will not be available in Australia, with Apple's technical specifications page only listing it as supporting the 700Mhz and 2100Mhz spectrum bands, neither of which are being used by Australian telcos to provide 4G services. The case may be a bit shaky, though, as Apple does state in the fine print: '4G LTE is supported only on AT&T and Verizon networks in the US; and on Bell, Rogers and Telus networks in Canada. Data plans sold separately. See your carrier for details.'"
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Sues Apple Over iPad Marketing

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  • by whoever57 ( 658626 ) on Tuesday March 27, 2012 @11:11PM (#39492851) Journal

    Actually, in this case, it's not Apple's fault, which I fully expect them to stand up in court and say.

    I make a clear distinction between what is legal and what is ethical. Advertising a a 4G capability that none of the buyers will ever be able to use unless they travel abroad and then buy service is unethical. Telstra may deserve some crticism for only providing 4G on a limited range of frequencies, but that is irrelevent to the fact that the advertisements are highly misleading. Apple knew that the 4G would not work in Australia, yet they decided to advertise it anyway.

    Car analogy: car maker advertises car with 1000 mile range, except that it needs unobtanium for fuel in order to get the 1K mile range. According to you, the fault would lie with the fuel companies for not selling unobtanium.

  • by T-Bone-T ( 1048702 ) on Wednesday March 28, 2012 @07:43AM (#39494905)

    My iPhone doesn't support 4G but it "supports" it because AT&T renamed 3G to 4G.

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