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.
|Country||Provider||Initially Available Plans|
|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|
|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|
|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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