Apple iPad in the UK has gotten a lot more affordable. Orange, Three UK and T-Mobile each have announced a slew of new pricing options as well as contract plans that brings the iPad closer to affordability.
This pricing war was set in motion last month by Orange who announced that their iPad 3G-enabled models will now available at a price between £199 and £349. These customers also get some affordable data plans. Close on the heels of this announcement, T-Mobile has announced a plan similar to Orange, except that there is no Wi-Fi hotspot access that is available with the latter.
It is worth noting that both T-Mobile UK and Orange are now part of the same group. Three UK customers have been offered a new data plan that will give them 15GB of data at just £25 per month. Of course, all these plans are available only with new two year contracts.
There is still no official word from Apple with respect to the possible release date for the next generation iPad. However, various sources have begun to speculate on the launch date as well as possible features on what could be the next big release.
Quite expectedly, the new iPad is expected to carry on Apple’s yearly cycle for its products. June is a month Apple reserves for new iPhone releases and September is the month for iPod releases. On similar lines, April could be the month for iPads. Bloggers and tech journalists have increasingly started to believe that the new model of iPad could be released in April 2011 – a year after the original iPad launched. Of course, Steve Jobs could make his presentation earlier than that.
As with regards to the features, some major speculations that are doing the rounds are with respect to the availability of a camera. Besides this, the new iPad is expected to be CDMA compatible and shall contain a faster CPU and be enhanced with improved aesthetics – could be thinner and lighter.
Check out this Computerworld article to see what the blogosphere is talking.
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.
Update: The prices have been announced. First of all, there is NO contract. You may cancel your AT&T plans anytime.
16GB iPad with Wi-Fi is priced at $499. The 32Gb and 64Gb come priced at $599 and $699. On top of this is $130 for 3G. So, the most expensive iPad will be the 64GB device with 3G : $829
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The Apple Tablet is most likely to be priced at around $500-$600 with contract and $999 without one. This comes from Media Markt which is among the biggest electronics store in Germany; much like the Best Buy is to US.
An inadvertent posting on the company’s twitter account which has since then been deleted reads
Apple iPad – Ab 01. Marz bei Ihrem Media Markt fur nur 499,- Euro im T-Mobile Complete L Vertrag (sonst 899,- Euro)
An interesting confirmation is that the device will in fact be called the iPad. Another is an indication that the device will go on sale from March 1; something that was speculated to be impossible because of component supply shortage.
The speculation appears to be strongly likely considering the credibility of the source. What do you make of this? Is $600 with contract what you had hoped for? Tell us in the comments.