iPad with LTE drops the 4G name

torgo

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Walked a few weeks back into Sandton Istore and salesperson said it connects to the faster 4G network!!!! False advertising when there is not 4G compatible network here.
 

JayN

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Firstly, the device is not 4G capable nor is there a 4G network in any country (including the US, if I'm not mistaken). The networks have conveniently adopted the name 4G on their LTE networks.

There's nothing wrong with Apple selling a LTE capable device which supports a higher speed when connected to an LTE network. They simply need to say is supports LTE. Apart from them misleading us by saying it is 4G capable, they just need to say that it is LTE capable.

The customer needs to educate themselves when buying the product, as to what that means and that there is no LTE network in SA.

It's like buying a car that has a top speed of 260 km/hr. The salesmen doesn't tell you you can only drive it at a max of 120 km/hr, he tells you what the car is capable off. The fact that you can't use the features on the roads in SA is between the driver and the roads people (user and network).

The wrong that Apple are doing here is unilaterally (or through pressure from the networks), calling 250 km/hr Mach 1. They then say the car can go Mach 1, when actually Mach 1 is a lot higher.
 

jannievanzyl

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Firstly, the device is not 4G capable nor is there a 4G network in any country (including the US, if I'm not mistaken). The networks have conveniently adopted the name 4G on their LTE networks.
There are no 4G networks anywhere in the world. Fullstop. A number that calls their 3G networks 4G though.

Production 4G kit does not exist.
 

Mike Hoxbig

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It's like buying a car that has a top speed of 260 km/hr. The salesmen doesn't tell you you can only drive it at a max of 120 km/hr, he tells you what the car is capable off. The fact that you can't use the features on the roads in SA is between the driver and the roads people (user and network).
Knew that was bound to pop up at some point, just didn't expect it as soon as the 3rd post :D
 
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