New iPad has just arrived in the consumer market and controversies are catching up like nothing. TheNextWeb has reported that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced plans to file a lawsuit against Apple regarding its “misleading” iPad WiFi + 4G advertising.
The wireless version of Apple’s new tablet is compatible with 4G networks in the United States and in Canada. However, in other countries, including Australia, the slate is limited to 3G data speeds and, if available, HSPA+…
The ACCC believes that since the new iPad cannot connect to 4G mobile data networks in Australia, the name “iPad WiFi + 4G” is inaccurate and misleading to consumers. Thus, ACCC planned to sue Apple.
Apple has added a warning to its website regarding the 4G iPad model to help clear up any confusion. It reads:
“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 and Verizon in the U.S. and Bell, Rogers, and Telus in Canada.”
However, despite this warning, ACCC feels that this warning is not enough to keep consumers from expecting the WiFi + 4G iPad model to run on 4G networks in Australia. In a way they are right because not everybody has the time to see warning on Apple website and people buy product after seeing advertisement which is everywhere.
Do you believe Apple should remove the 4G term from the New iPad advertisements outside USA and Canada? Post your comments.
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Source: iDownload Blog