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Vodafone pleads guilty to exaggerating claims

Vodafone pleads guilty to exaggerating claims
Vodafone is staring down the barrel of fines of as much as $4 million after the telco admitted to misleading mobile and internet customers between 2006 and 2009.

Vodafone to be fined for misleading customersVodafone is staring down the barrel of fines of as much as $4 million after the telco admitted to misleading mobile and internet customers between 2006 and 2009.

Yesterday Vodafone pleaded guilty to brought by the Commerce Commission and now faces the prospect of coughing up $4 million as each of the 21 breaches of the Fair Trading Act carries a maximum penalty of $200,000.

Vodafone said its 3G mobile network was not the largest and fastest as it claimed in advertising during 2008 and 2009.

It also admitted its Broadband Everywhere campaign, which ran between 2006 and 2008, was not available in every part of the country, and that some prepay customers failed to receive a promised $10 bonus due to a technical glitch.

Vodafone will be sentenced in September.

Last year Vodafone was told to pay more than $400,000 for misleading customers over the cost of its Vodafone Live service.