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No Overseas iPad, But Vodafone, Orange, O2 Announce Price Plans

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Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) may have postponed iPad’s international roll-out by a month – but, within an hour of that announcement, all three UK iPhone carriers released identical statements declaring they “will offer dedicated iPad price plans for all models from the end of May”.

— Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) will offer plans in Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK
— O2 in the UK only. Update: O2 later said German tariffs, too, and in Spain via parent Telefonica.
— Orange will offer plans in France, UK, Spain and Switzerland.

We have asked T-Mobile. 3 UK told us it won’t be offering iPad plans and Apple isn’t naming any carriers. Update: T-Mobile tells us: “Discussions continue between the relevant parties regarding the distribution of Apple and T-Mobile UK’s products and services. Updates will be provided as and when it is pertinent to do so.”

Nobody’s confirming pricing or other details yet. Those details will be given in a further announcement on May 10, along with iPad’s pushed-back international pre-order date and pricing announcement, according to a Vodafone spokesperson, who also told us retail “will all be through Apple” and “the arrangement is the same as in the States with AT&T”.

These are the first iPad carrier announcements outside the U.S., where AT&T (NYSE: T) offers two, month-by-month rolling price plans for the yet-to-ship-there 3G model.

Though the device is delayed, the international 3G announcements may be coming quicker than expected. Announcing iPad in January, Steve Jobs had said: “We hope to have our international deals in place in June/July time – we

7 Responses to “No Overseas iPad, But Vodafone, Orange, O2 Announce Price Plans”

  1. girish1123

    Hi Guys I Am Visiting England And Buying my ipad there. I Live in russia and they will release in 2011 but i have no sense of waiting any chance i can get the ipad wifi+3g model (cuz i need the 3g) so i can i use it with russian sims cards in the ipad wifi+3g . can i use it in russia please tell me guys thanks
    please tell me

  2. ashleynathomas

    Vodafone tells us iPad will be the first time it has offered a device with a new-look micro-SIM. In future Vodafone will offer plans in Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.iPad represents a new data income possibility neither standard SIMs nor SIMs on existing contracts will work in the tablet, so 3G users will need to take out dedicated price plans as well as their mobile phone/data tariffs.
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  3. William D

    @Ed Dunn – You see, i dont agree on the premise that “most places the iPad will be used will have wi-fi”. Alas, i wish i could relay on Wifi, but the reality is that everywhere i seem to go with my iPhone seems stuck with either no wifi or wifi that is provided at an extortionate cost!

    The 120 extra for the 3G versions is a total con but I really dont see my iPad worth the money if i DON’T have connectivity..

  4. If I’m correct, wifi-only iPads made up the majority of sales. I trust the consumer is smart.

    I do not know why there is a need for a 3G contract plan since the iPad does not have the mobility as an Amazon Kindle and most places the iPad will be used will have wi-fi.