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.
A couple of days back, Orange announced their iPad 3G data plans for the UK market. Close on the heels of the announcement, O2 and Vodafone – the two other network carriers who have partnered with Apple in the launch of iPad in UK have announced their data plan pricing as well.
With O2, there are three different data plans on offer – 500MB per day, 1GB per month and 3GB per month. These plans come at a cost of £2. £10 and £15 respectively.
On the other hand, Vodafone has offered only two data plans and none of them are on a daily access basis. Vodafone’s 250MB per month plan is priced at £10 while its 5GB per month plan is available at £25.
Here is a comprehensive listing of all plans on offer. Personally, I find Orange the most attractive among the three
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.
This is strictly a rumor and is more likely to be false than true, but according to “leaked” Orange documents, HTC Bravo might launch in March and Orange could be a likely partner.
According to reports on Phandroid, these are the likely specifciations of the new smartphone from HTC
- 1GHz Snapdragon CPU
- 3.7? AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with WVGA resolution (480 x 800)
- 5MP camera
Think it’s very close to the Nexus One? We too feel the same way and that is exactly why we think this rumor does not mean much.