ACCC — the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission — considers that Apple is allegedly contravening the Australian Consumer Law with its New iPad (the one described by the “4G” moniker).
“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“.
Turns out that, despite the fact that Apple’s New iPad is 4G capable, carriers in Australia use a different spectrum with which the new Apple tablet is not (LTE 4G) compatible. Optus and Telstra have reportedly already removed the “4G” moniker from the tablet’s name but Apple is still using “Wi-Fi + 4G” to describe the New iPad. They’re using the following notes though: “The iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G model can roam worldwide on fast GSM/UMTS networks, including HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA. When you travel internationally, you can use a micro-SIM card from a local carrier. You can also connect to the 4G LTE networks of AT&T in the U.S. and Bell, Rogers, and Telus in Canada“.
The ACCC “is seeking urgent interlocutory relief to ensure consumers are made aware of the correct technical capabilities of this device” as well as “final orders including injunctions, pecuniary penalties, corrective advertising and refunds to consumers affected”.