Originally Posted by elehcdn
But it sounds like Apple was prepared to do this all from the start. Sounds to me that the ACCC was simply trying to get Apple to pony up some money as part of a fine and realized they had an unwinnable case, or like you stated in 2., they just wanted to be publicly seen as "doing their job for the Australian consumer". I just wonder if Telstra told the ACCC to shut up ... before it became apparent that their customers will have to buy new hardware once real 4G hits the market.
I don't think Apple Cupertino/ Apple Australia knew exactly what it was supposed to do following the iPad announcement. Prior to the ACCC sabre-rattling, I don't see anywhere Apple trying to clarify anything about it not being Telstra 4G LTE compatible, nor it being DC-HSPA+ compatible... aside from whatever small disclaimers they may have had. (Small stickers don't cut it in Australia, AFAIK).
I knew it wasn't Telstra LTE compatible because of the keynote, yes, local media did cover it but without much help from Apple.
I found out about DC-HSPA+ only from Whilrpool.net.au forums from user reports. I might have gotten the DC-HSPA+ aka "4G" iPad if I had known about it. To this day there is no mention of it as a "feature" of "high speed wireless data" or what not, other than it being listed in Tech Specs.
There's definitely been a slip up by Apple Australia, taking a bit of Telstra with it.
Of course the ACCC is definitely out to be seen as doing stuff, like I said they've been quite unhappy about 1-year limited warranties with companies ~like~ Apple and Telstra where most gadget warranties are 1-year with Apple and Telstra continuing to sell extended warranties.
As for Telstra, I'm not sure if Telstra strong-armed ACCC in any way, they've been fairly okay (mobile, not fixed-line) the past few years. Yesterday I was 200m up from sea level in a fairly obscure park/reserve 80km from the CBD and I still get solid 850mhz 3G signal, with 2G going to SOS only. Telstra Mobile, at least, is not that bad, so I don't see a big conspiracy on their side. They are probably simply focused with ~their~ LTE because Telstra Mobile alone can guarantee that 90% of the population of the whole continent will get 50+mbps mobile data sustained by 2020, through LTE which will be the last mobile hurrah of this decade, IMHO, before "5G" comes along post-2020 ~ even if "5G" comes before 2020 I doubt it will reach widespread adoption outside of capital cities. Keep in mind that the centre-right half of the Australian government may scuttle the national 100mbps-inital fibre rollout, leaving 4G LTE to pick up the pieces in keeping essential fast Internet services chugging along for the world's most isolated cities.
Perhaps hiding DC-HSPA+ is a scam by Telstra to get people to buy 4G LTE stuff, but then again, as per their coverage maps, they simply say what speeds at what location, and 4G is marketed without much deception. In some ways, I wonder why they even stealth-upgraded DC-HSPA+ without as much as a peep, maybe they were planning it as part of NexG "3G/3.5G", but LTE became too pressing that they simply "abandoned" significant effort into DC-HSPA+.
Just guessing but for Telstra Mobile this is more of a small bump in the road, it's got big tasks ahead of it. Of course iPad 4/5/6 and iPhone 5/6/7 will be good but they know eventually the baseband chips will include their LTE bands, their choices are generally along the lines of Asia Pac LTE common bands.