Apple to dish out $2.2 million for Australian 4G blunder

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Apple was accused of misleading the Australian public by advertising the iPad as 4G compatible, even though it could not connect to any of the 4G LTE networks in Australia. Apple has agreed to pay about $2.2 million to make amends for it.

Apple was accused of misleading the Australian public by advertising the iPad as 4G compatible, even though it could not connect to any of the 4G LTE networks in Australia. Apple has agreed to pay about $2.2 million to make amends for it.

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In the U.S, what's advertised as 4G is often just a souped up version of 3G. This is called HSPA+, as opposed to HSPA (3G). In other countries – or at least Australia – this practice is not apparently acceptable. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission called Apple out for advertising the iPad as being 4G compatible even thought it could not connect to any of the country's real 4G LTE networks.

The iPad's LTE chip is compatible with 700 MHz and 2100 MHz bands. Meanwhile, Australia's 700 MHz band is occupied by Television broadcasts, and the only other option is the 1800 MHz band, which the iPad cannot connect to.

While Apple has agreed to refund Australian customers who believed that the iPad would be compatible with 4G LTE, the company is also going to be dishing out $2.2 million dollars for the ordeal as well, according to The Australian.

Right now, on its Australian website, Apple is not advertising the iPad as 4G compatible. It does use the term "ultrafast wireless"; although, it would seem that this entire situation proves Apple can't really compete with the fastest networks in the country – not yet, in any case.

The 700 MHz band will be cleared up for wireless devices in Australia in 2013.

Source:TechCrunch

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