Britain's advertising regulator thinking of looking into Apple iPad claims of 4G connectivity
promoting the new iPad as having 4G connectivity it is referring to an HSPA+ pipeline, not LTE. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission disagreed and said that Apple was misleading iPad buyers. Small print on Apple's website does clarify that 4G connectivity in Australia means HSPA+ data speed and not the faster LTE connection. Obviously, the Australian regulators do not agree with the ITU's decision in December 2010 to call HSPA+ 4G. Apple has offered refunds to those Australians who feel that they were bamboozled. Obviously, the country supports HSPA+ networks but not LTE.
The problem is that the LTE connectivity on the new iPad is based on service available via Verizon and AT&T in the U.S. along with the LTE networks available in Canada with Bell, Rogers and Telus. Elsewhere, iPad buyers are stuck with using HSPA+ for 4G connectivity, where available.