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O2, Orange & Vodafone to Announce iPad Tariffs

Gordon Kelly


O2, Orange & Vodafone to Announce iPad Tariffs

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When the iPhone launched in the UK it was famously (some might say infamously) exclusive to O2. Not until late 2009 was that stranglehold broken, but it seems just about everyone will be involved with the iPad...

Vodafone, O2 and Orange have made virtually identical (and therefore clearly Apple founded) statements confirming: "Vodafone/Orange/O2 today announced that it will offer dedicated iPad price plans for all models from the end of May". This is in line with the iPad delay Apple confirmed yesterday.

To this generic statement Vodafone added "...in Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK", Orange tacked on "...in the UK" and O2 added "...(in France, UK, Spain and Switzerland)." Furthermore T-Mobile is known to be in talks with Apple leaving 3 as the only major telco whose position is unclear. That said, given the iPad will be available unlocked it could be argued any network which is prepared to burden itself with the micro SIM format can get in on the act.

Sadly none of the networks provided a breakdown of the tariffs they will offer, but we should find out subsidised and unsubsidised details soon enough. That said, this open network approach from Apple bodes well for the next generation of iPhone which is traditionally unveiled each June. Open across all networks? Yes please!


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April 15, 2010, 12:16 pm

Title of this post is a bit misleading isn't it?

They haven't announced Tarrifs at all, they've just announced they're getting the iPad, which we already knew...

Lee Moorhouse

April 15, 2010, 12:51 pm

As it'll be sold unlocked, I assume buying a 3G iPad from the US will work fine in the UK? Stupid question I know, I just don't want to Pre-Order one and find out it won't work!

Ala Miah

April 15, 2010, 2:29 pm

@rcdicky Agreed, I opened it hoping to read the price plans but it wasn't it.


April 15, 2010, 3:15 pm

"magical", can I use it as a flying carpet?

"revolutionary", guess they won't be selling it in China then.

Sorry but I find Apples' terminology too much, the ASA should prevent them from making statements like that.


April 15, 2010, 3:34 pm

Any more than £7.50 per month, plus purchase price of the magic pad (as per O2's standard 'unlimited' web bolt for mobile phones) and you're all being fleeced. Baaaaa.

Why data should cost any more depending on which device you choose to access it from, is beyond me. Still, i'm sure we'll see the full extent of the madness soon.


April 15, 2010, 4:59 pm

HK - They have to turn the hype up to 11.

They will want to draw attention to the fact that it's a great piece of design, with a great operating system, great screen, slick graphics etc.

They just don't want you to realise it doesn't actually do anything new, and you are paying through the nose for superficial cosmetics. It's to home computing what Dragons Lair was to Arcade games in the 80s - Fantastic wow factor and made people spend their money, but when you strip this gloss away, the actual functionality is a bit crap.


April 15, 2010, 5:15 pm

"O2, Orange & Vodafone to Announce iPad Tariffs"

Fixed that for you. *rolleyes*


April 15, 2010, 7:15 pm

@HK - nice to see someone else commenting on that. Apple PR has always occupied another realm - for instance, PowerPC was always so much faster than x86 machines, but then they switched to intel and their Macs somehow became twice as fast as the old models... The iPad blurb has reached a nadir of fail, though. It's almost nauseating.


April 16, 2010, 12:51 pm

Misleading title for this post. Gordan the clickhunter? Surely not!


April 16, 2010, 4:56 pm

Apologies all, there was a typo in the headline which should have read "O2, Orange & Vodafone TO Announce iPad Tariffs'. Tiny mistake, major consequences.

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