The launch of one of Apple's new star products, the iPad 3,
was initially met with typical excitement and praise from consumers
around the planet. As a part of the rollout, the iPad 3 has been
marketed as a significant improvement over other tablets in terms
of display resolution, processing capacity and download speed.
Regarding the latter, the iPad 3 has been advertised as able to
connect to 4G Long Term Evolution networks (LTE) in various
countries across the globe. But there may be a catch: the iPad 3
may be compatible with only Canadian and U.S. LTE networks. In
fact, the LTE network is not available in all countries and
domestic LTE networks in certain other countries use frequencies
that the iPad 3 does not support.
Having discovered this discrepancy, consumers lodged numerous
misleading advertising complaints in the UK, Sweden, Australia and
Norway, and already, Apple has offered to refund disgruntled
Australian consumers who purchased the product believing that the
device was compatible with their country's network. These
worldwide incidents are an important reminder that advertisements
are not readily transferrable between markets and jurisdictions;
representations made in an advertisement must be both truthful and
supportable in each jurisdiction in which the advertisement is
presented to the public. Failure to ensure advertisements comply
with local advertising law and local conditions may dampen what
would otherwise be an important showcase of an exceptional product
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