IPad International Orders Start Monday; Lands In UK, Others May 28

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Update: Here’s the pre-order link.

The lack of iPads in the UK kept would-be owners there from being as frustrated as I was trying to follow live election coverage on a non-Flash tablet but they’ll be able to experience the wonders and the drawbacks for themselves by the end of the month. That includes the iBookstore, although what will be available to buy and download isn’t yet clear.

The UK Wi-Fi edition will run £429 for 16GB, £499 for 32GB, £599 for 64GB; Wi-Fi + 3G models run £529 for 16GB, £599 for 32GB and £699 for 64GB. (All prices include VAT.) I paid $500 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model; the conversion rate puts the UK model at about $648.

Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) confirmed today that pre-sales will start May 10, with deliveries and in-store sales starting May 28 in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Switzerland. The company delayed international shipments by a month due to what it called unexpectedly high U.S. sales; last week Apple said it has sold more than one million iPads in the U.S. since the April 3 launch.

International sales will expand to another batch of companies in July: Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore. No specifics yet. More to come.

Robert adds: Orange unveiled 3G price details – PAYG at a rather healthy £0.05 per megabyte per month, up to £40 (remember what a megabyte cost orders of magnitude more than that?). Alternatively, there are four bundle packages…

Update 2: And, three days later, O2 pops up to announce its tariff plans…

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