Apple is offering purchasers of the New iPad a full refund in Australia after the Australian government threatened to sue over the New iPads false advertising. The 4G iPad is labeled, ‘iPad with WiFi+ 4G’ and the Australian government claimed this could mislead residents. If your unaware, Australia does not have a 4G LTE network in the country, therefore users are forced to use 3G.
The refund is in-hopes going to fix the issue with the Australian Government. We weren’t made aware if this refund will continue on beyond the 14 days given on typical returns, or if refund possibility will end after the 14 day mark. If so, Apples has just made a pointless move.
Apple’s legal team claimed that the company never specified the iPad could connect to the Telstra LTE network, but it did admit that the operator’s network is not one of the international LTE services that is supported.
The other argument that Apple is fighting is the fact that they never specified the iPad could connect to the Telstra LTE network in Australia. Apple has a list of supported networks on their website, and users have access to viewing the list.
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 in the U.S. and Bell, Rogers, and Telus in Canada.
Also, if you’ve viewed Apples website recently you might of noticed a new notice under the 4G iPad, stating the networks that the New iPad will work with only a few networks.