Australian watchdog to seek orders against Apple for alleged ‘misleading’ iPad 4G claims

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will be making an application to the Federal Court in Melbourne tomorrow at 9:30am for orders against Apple Pty Limited and Apple Inc. for alleged contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

The ACCC alleges that Apple’s recent promotion of the new ‘iPad with WiFi + 4G’ is misleading because it represents to Australian consumers that the product ‘iPad with WiFi + 4G’ can, with a SIM card, connect to a 4G mobile data network in Australia, when this is not the case.

The ACCC alleges that Apple’s conduct contravenes sections 18, 29(1)(a), 29(1)(g) and 33 of the ACL.

The ACCC is seeking urgent interlocutory relief to ensure consumers are made aware of the correct technical capabilities of this device.

Additionally the ACCC is seeking final orders including injunctions, pecuniary penalties, corrective advertising and refunds to consumers affected.

Consumers who have purchased or are considering purchasing an ‘iPad with WiFi + 4G’ should ensure that they have a proper understanding of the mobile data networks which this iPad can directly access by a SIM card.

Source: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

MacDailyNews Note: There is 4G service from Telstra in Australia, but it uses the 1800MHz frequency band. Apple’s iPad Wi-Fi + 4G requires 700MHz or 2100MHz.


  1. Everywhere you can buy iPads, there’s a card saying that this is not compatible with the Telstra version of 4G placed right next to the units….if anybody can’t read it, or read the papers, they deserve what they get.

    Pity the ACCC don’t spend their time more valuably breaking the supermarket duopoly. Buncha crooks, squeezing our Australian farmers into oblivion.

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