Apple offers to pay 4G penalty in Australia

Apple offers to pay 4G penalty in Australia

Californian tech giant Apple has agreed to pay a AU$ 2.25 million (£1.4 million) penalty for allegedly misleading consumers in Australia.

Initially the new iPad was advertised with 4G connectivity but it was incompatible with Australia's only 4G network.

Therefore the firm submitted the settlement to the Federal Court in Melbourne, which has not yet been approved by the court.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) sued Apple for allegedly violating sections of the Australian Consumer Law by misleading the public over the iPad's capabilities.

The country's only 4G network, run by Telstra, operates on the 1800MHz band, but the iPad can only use LTE on the 700MHz and 2100MHz bands.

Apple agreed to display an advisory on its website stating the device was not compatible with current 4G LTE and WiMax networks in Australia.

In the UK, the Advertising Standards Authority has investigated the Cupertino organisation twice after initial complaints about misleading 4G claims and Apple's failure to remove adverts stating the device was 4G compatible.