4G LTE Stirs Trouble for New iPad in Australia

Mar 27, 2012 09:56 PM EDT

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The new iPad boasts of the super fast 4G LTE connectivity, but the network has stirred up trouble in Australia.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian regulators are taking action to address the 4G connectivity - "misleading" marketing claims regarding the new iPad.

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said it will pursue " injunctions, penalties, corrective advertising and refunds to consumers who were misled."

The tech giant Apple uses "4G" to promote its new iPad, but the high speed network is only available in the United States and Canada because of differences in the frequency bands used for LTE in different countries.

"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. " the report read.

Even though the tech giant has clarified that LTE connectivity is not available in most countries on its website, the ACCC still insisted that Apple should stop use the "4G" term to promote the new iPad, because the remedy is not enough.

The application is scheduled for March 28 in Federal Court in Melbourne. Apple has offered to refund customers who felt misled by its advertisements.

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