Apple faces Australian legal challenge over 4G label

Apple’s iPad is in faces some legal troubles in Australia where an agency has taken its objections over the tablet’s 4G label to court.

According to a statement the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released Tuesday, the agency will seek orders against Apple in federal court this week for “alleged contraventions” of Australian Consumer Law.

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The controversy stems from Apple’s promotion of the new iPad as a tablet with “WiFi + 4G.” The agency said that it alleges this label is “misleading” because the iPad cannot connect to the 4G networks in Australia.

On Apple’s Web site, the company has a footnote that reads: “4G LTE is supported only on AT&T and Verizon networks in the U.S., and on Bell, Rogers and Telus networks in Canada.” CNET notes that the Australian version of the Apple store notes that the iPad is not compatible with Australian 4G networks.

“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,” the site says.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The agency is seeking “final orders including injunctions, pecuniary penalties, corrective advertising and refunds” for consumers who have been affected.

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