Quick Guide to iPad 3G Data Plans Around the World

Apple can’t seem to produce iPads fast enough to meet demand, forcing international customers to wait a month longer than previously expected for the new tablet to arrive. Unlike its iPhone counterpart, the iPad — for which pre-orders from outside of the U.S. begin today — will forgo the standard SIM card and instead use a smaller micro SIM form factor. If you haven’t met the micro SIM before, Stacey ‘s video interview with Gemalto, a SIM card producer, provides a solid introduction.

Now that iPad orders are flowing around the globe, international service providers are stepping up with data plan pricing for the 3G models. Here’s a table compiled with plan information by country and carrier — we’ll update as we get more info.

International iPad 3G Service Providers
Country Provider Initially Available Plans
Australia Vodafone TBD
Canada Rogers C$15/mo for 250 MB, C$35/mo for 5 GB
France Orange €10/mo for 200 MB, €39/mo for 2 GB; both plans include unlimited Wi-Fi at Orange hotspots in France
France SFK TBD
Germany O2 €10/mo for 200 MB, €15/mo for 1 GB, €25/mo for unlimited
Germany Vodafone €19,95/mo for 200 MB, €29,95/mo for unlimited (fair use applies)
Italy Vodafone €2/day for 500 MB, €30/mo for unlimited
Japan Softbank Prepaid: ¥4,410/30 days for 1 GB. Postpaid: ¥2,910/mo for unlimited use on 24 month contract
Spain Vodafone €17,40/mo for 250 MB, €37,12/mo for unlimited
Spain Orange €3,50/day for unlimited, €35/mo for unlimited
Switzerland Orange TBD
UK Vodafone £10/mo for 1 GB, £25/mo for unlimited (fair use capped at 5 GB)
UK Orange 5p per MB / capped at £40/mo, £2/day for 200 MB, £7.50/week for 1 GB, £15/mo for 3 GB, £25/mo for 10 GB; 3 GB and 10 GB plans include unlimited Wi-Fi at BT Openzone
UK O2 £2/day for 500 MB, £10 per 30 days and 1 GB, £15 per 30 days and 3 GB; all plans include unlimited Wi-Fi at The Cloud and BT Openzone
United States AT&T $14.99/mo for 250 MB, $29.99/mo unlimited, both plans include unlimited Wi-Fi at AT&T hotspots

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