Australia iPad 4G complaints may spark domino effect in UK
The UK's advertising regulator is now following the Australian example, and looking at misleading advertising claims made by Apple concerning its 4G LTE network compatiblity
The UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is reportedly looking at assessing complaints from customers over misleading claims concerning the iPad 3's 4G mobile network support.
This follows legal proceedings by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, which forced Apple to refund consumers mislead by the company's advertising.
The new iPad's 4G compatibility is limited to 4G LTE networks
within the 700MHz and 2100Mhz frequencies, predominantly used in the US and Canada
. Australia's only current 'mature' 4G LTE network is Telstra's, which runs in the 1800MHz band.
The US and Canadian frequencies are also incompatible with all of Europe (and the proposed UK frequencies). The UK is auctioning its 4G frequency sometime at year end, once Ofcom finalises the process. The frequencies available will be 800MHz and 2.6 GHz, similar to our European counterparts.