China has been one of Apple’s important markets outside North America. However, stringent government regulations had meant the company was not allowed to sell the 3G variant of the iPad in the country – until now. An Apple spokesperson has confirmed that his company has managed to seek Chinese government approval to sell iPad 3G in the country. Like with the iPhone, China Unicom will be in charge of distributing and marketing the iPad 3G in the country. Chinese customers already have access to the WLAN variant of the iPad which is simply the domestic Wi-Fi equivalent.
Although clearances have been given, Apple has not given us an exact date when the device will actually become available on the stores. We will update you about that when we get to hear more about this.
AT&T has finally opened its online store to the iPad 3G+Wi-Fi model. The units are available at the same price as is available on the Apple Store. That means, you will need to pay $629 for the 16GB variant, $729 and $829 for the 32GB and 64GB variants respectively.
It is worth mentioning that AT&T has not offered a very positive retail presence to the iPad until now. The carrier began the sale of iPads on their stores only as recently as October of this year. With the latest announcement, the iPad 3G model on AT&T will finally get the presence that it deserves from an exclusive carrier. Having said that, we still do not have enough details about the shipment lead time. So be ready to get your Christmas gift late if AT&T shall take more than a day to deliver your order.
Reports are coming in that iPad 3G users who have upgraded their tablets to the new iOS 4.2.1 platform have been noticing slow or broken 3G connection since the update. While some users seem to have problems with connecting to their 3G SIM card, others users complain about their tablet frequently switching to the slower Edge network. The issue appears to be coming from several countries and is not restricted to any particular geography.
(Also read : List of all iOS 4.2 bugs known – slideshow)
Here are some comments from affected users
“I am in the US and after update 4.2.1 my ipad cannot connect with valid 3g sim card that i have been using for 4 months on ipad. i took the sim card out of the ipad and tested it on my iphone 4 and it works fine. the ipad is telling me that my cellular data plan usage has expired. i am using my sim that is unlimited.”
“After upgrade to the new OS 4.2.1 last night, I lost the 3G connection with the iPad. only Edge Connection.”
“My iPad 3G signal at work has gone down the pan since the 4.2.1 update. Instead of 3-5 bars depending on where I am in the office it has dropped to 1 or 2 bars in the best locations and if I move around too much I lose the the signal completely.”
Are you seeing similar issues since the upgrade?
As you know, Apple will be launching its tablet PC in Canada by the end of this month and pre-orders have already begun. But I wonder if the Canadian market is taken seriously at all by Apple and its Canadian carrier partner, Rogers. It makes more sense to jump across the border to get an iPad than buying it in your neighborhood. No, seriously.
Assuming you know the iPad price in US (which is between $499 and $829) and the AT&T charges (between $14.99 and $29.99), here are the corresponding prices for Canadian customers
iPad Wi-Fi only
16 GB : $549
32 GB : $649
64 GB : $749
iPad Wi-Fi and 3G
16 GB : $679
32 GB : $779
64 GB : $879
Rogers Data Plan Charges
250 MB per month : $15.00
5 GB per month : $35.00
Add Rogers to existing data plan : $20.00
Pre-orders for the iPad began earlier today in Japan. What began as a bout of excitement turned sour as purchasers realized that unlike the rest of the world, iPads in Japan shall be SIM-locked. That is, iPad users may not be able to move away from Apple’s carrier partner, Softbank Mobile to another carrier.
No explanation has been offered by Apple as yet on why the company had chosen to SIM-lock the Japanese iPads. Softbank is notorious for its slow network in a country that is used to high speed internet infrastructure. Also, like AT&T in the US, Softbank Mobile does not offer tethering for iPhone users and these are possibly reasons why Apple’s decision to SIM-lock the Japanese iPad 3G units has been followed by dissent in Japan.
[via PC World]
Orange UK has officially announced the data plans for iPad customers when the device goes on sale later this month. The network carrier has offered a “Pay as you use” service that begins at 5p for every MB consumed. This apart, there will also be daily, weekly and monthly plans on offer.
PAYG : 5p for every MB
iPad daily bundle : £2 with 200MB usage allowance
iPad weekly bundle : £7.5 with 1GB usage allowance
iPad monthly 15 bundle : £15 with 3GB usage allowance
iPad monthly 25 bundle : £25 with 10GB usage allowance
The iPad monthly bundles also come with “unlimited browsing” across BT OpenZone Wi-Fi hotspots. Of course, they come with a fair usage policy of 750MB. Also, all subscribers will be offered a £10 credit upon activation of any of the bundle plans.
AT&T has announced the international data plan prices for the newly launched 3G enabled version of iPad. The service is expected to be available in over 90 countries and will start at $25 per month for 20 MB data usage.
However, it shoots up from thereon and users might end up shelling out as much as $200 for streaming 30 minutes of YouTube video. Here is the official pricing plan
- $24.99/month: 20 MB Data Global Add-On gives you 20 MB of usage within more than 90 countries
- $59.99/month: 50 MB Data Global Add-On gives you 50 MB of usage within more than 90 countries
- $119.99/month: 100 MB Data Global Add-On gives you 100 MB of usage within more than 90 countries
- $199.99/month: 200 MB Data Global Add-On gives you 200 MB of usage within more than 90 countries
As Steve Jobs told you, the iPad may help you watch movies through the entire duration of flight. But using the device thereon may not simply be affordable
[via Apple Insider]
There has been a lot of questions lately among users looking to purchase an iPad 3G if the device will work internationally. Short answer : Yes, but it might require some work if you are the kind who keeps traveling frequently.
The iPad 3G will come pre-installed with a micro SIM card that is not quite like a regular SIM. However this will work only for the local geography though this is replaceable. This means when you are traveling internationally, you may purchase a new micro SIM from the local carrier for internet use inside the country.
For instance, international travelers to USA may purchase micro SIM from AT&T which are priced at $15 for a 250MB monthly plan and $30 for monthly unlimited download.