Apple's Down Under logic: Here's how 3G = 4G for the iPad

Regulators in Australia say the iPad's 4G billing doesn't hold water. Apple now counters: sure it does -- you just aren't looking at 3G the right way.

Apple is seeking to redefine Australia's 3G networks as being "4G," according to a new filing in the Federal Court.

Not satisfied with getting corrective advertising and making Apple offer refunds to customers, according to a report in The Australian this morning, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is trying to push Apple to change the name of the cellular version of the iPad from "iPad Wi-Fi + 4G" in Australia.

This is due to the fact that the new device, launched last month, does not work on long-term evolution (LTE) networks in Australia. It will work on LTE networks in the 2100MHz and 700MHz spectrum bands, but Australian telcos are using the 1800MHz spectrum bands at the moment, because the 700MHz band is still being used for analog TV.

In Apple's latest defense filing, according to the report, Apple states that it believes the 3G networks run by Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone "are 4G networks in accordance with accepted industry and regulatory use of the descriptor '4G'."

Read more of "Apple seeks to redefine 3G as 4G" at ZDNet Australia..

 

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