Apple sued by Australian consumer watchdog over 4G iPad

By Leeky
Mar 27, 2012
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  1. Apple has come under fire in Australia after consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, accused the company of violating the country's laws by misleadingly calling its new iPad as…

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  2. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TechSpot Guru Posts: 589   +45

    I can just see what Steve Jobs' response would have been:

    "You're doing 4G wrong."
  3. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,045   +37

    If you hold it up right like this *moves hand up in the air* and just tilt it back a little, so as where you cannot see the screen, but the back of the iPad, it'll pick up the 1800MHz frequency.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,653   +507

    Apple should release an update and call it iAussie, with a band that snaps onto a kangaroo's back to speed it up ;)
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,039   +695

    Well... obviously they're holding it wrong, but what about the carrier?

    Who's providing the data contracts in Australia? When I buy a phone I get signed up right away. Are these customers buying iPads online and then finding out they won't work when they try to get a data contract with a local carrier?

    reminds me of when I got my 4G smartphone from Sprint, was charged $10/month extra for 'premium data' because 4G phones use more data. And then found out afterward that Sprint doesn't have 4G coverage in my little town of 1 million people.
  6. R3DP3NGUIN

    R3DP3NGUIN TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 154

    From memory Australia will utilize the 700Mhz range once we completely phase out analogue TV. I could be wrong though.
  7. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    @Mike
    Dont feel bad. That 10$ is Sprints data fee. It allows you to have unlimited data use. As for 4G, im right there with you. We have about 35000 ppl in our town. The major metro areas all have 4G but us poor little ppl in the sticks have to settle for 3G and maybe 4G sometime in 2013-2015.
    Once again Apple cant know every single network in every single country. A slight mistake on their part. An easy fix for them just change what band Ipads sent to Australia recieve on.
  8. why don't people check the band before buying a 4G device? I don't know if it's me or people are just uninformed, but when I was shopping around for a Nexus S I made sure to know what carriers/bands/networks would support the phone. Same thing applies to 4G devices, it's not necessarily Apple's fault that someone didn't even bother to verify they would have 4G service in the area in which they plan to use/own the new iPad
  9. The REAL problem is that what constitutes 3G & 4G are so piss poorly defined here. Optus has been marketing 98% 3G coverage across the country for years now but in fact only have 'proper' 3G in about 12% and operates on lower freqs everywhere else for example.

    Too bad our govt and leaders are too bloody ignorant to know the difference and too corrupt to care that there is a the problem. Telco marketing jargon > all.
  10. tengeta

    tengeta TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 632

    ...Didn't Apple already do this with the iPhone a while back?
  11. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,428   +618

    As someone who lives in Australia, this makes me laugh so much. The case is so utterly stupid, it hurts.

    And instead of bringing up our lame 4G to 'proper' standards like LTE, ACCC is bringing down Apple for providing it. There's obviously two ways to look at it, but I think that this case is going to leave a feeling of "leave us with our 3G".
     
  12. Robert Mugabe should decide Apple's fate. He will sort them out quick quick.

    a) Lock up top tier management and freeze company assets.

    b) Those caught using these dastardly distasteful devices must be locked up and / or sent to China for "re-education".

    c) Run for president (again) ha ha

    just a thought
  13. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,428   +618

    IT GETS BETTER. The latest development is that apple is voluntarily giving full refunds to anyone not satisfied with the 4G on their new iPad.

    What is going on?!?
  14. I asked Vodaphone and they said it would work when the 4G network was turned on. .. Liars
  15. I would just like to state that as now ex dedicated apple fan I found out that apple was not planning to update/upgrade their antennas to the 4g network.


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