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Apple fined $2 mn for misleading iPad advertising
TT Correspondent |  |  21 Jun 2012

The Federal Court on Thursday directed Apple to pay $2.25 million for falsely claiming that the new iPad is compatible with Australia's 4G network.


Apple admitted to misleading consumers as soon as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brought the case to court, and the company offered consumers refunds.


According heraldsun.com, Justice Bromberg also ordered Apple pay the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission $300,000 towards legal costs for the prosecution.


The case is related to advertising and sales of the new cellular iPad tablet between March 8 and May 12, which were designated as being "with WiFi + 4G''.


Telstra launched its "4G''  branded Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile data network in Australia in September 2011, which it says carries substantially faster download, upload and connection speeds.


"The understanding of Australian consumers of the term "4G'' in relation to data mobile networks is to be distinguished from that relating to other mobile data networks and, in particular, those which have been promoted in Australia as "3G'' networks,'' Justice Bromberg said.

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