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Australian 4G New iPad Owners Will Get Refunds From Apple

In Australia, Apple is accused of deceptive advertising after the company pushed the new iPad on the market with the promise to run on 4G networks.

In order to avoid a messy legal war, Apple's lawyers are going to send an email to every customer who fell into the 4G iPad trap and offer refunds.

In addition, Apple agreed to post warnings explaining that the new iPad "is not compatible with current Australian 4G LTE networks and WiMAX networks."

Apple's compliant attitude is a result of the efforts made by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to protect consumer rights.

ACCC took the battle to court and pointed out that the new iPad is not compatible with the 4G mobile data network in Australia. Colin Golvan, senior counsel for the ACCC revealed that Apple "seems to accept that there's a lack of compatibility," but did not inform the customers.

In Australia, only Telstra Corp offers 4G coverage; but operates on a different frequency than the ones supported by Apple's third generation tablet. A rival carrier, Optus, the Australian unit of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, has announced plans to introduce the country's second 4G network.

The bad news is that this network will also be incompatible with the new iPad.

Source: Reuters

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.