Today sees iPad pre-orders go live across Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. It will ship to customers on 28 May. To celebrate Apple has also revealed O2 and Vodafone's iPad 3G data plans ahead of either network announcing them officially. Orange iPad tariffs were revealed last week.
So how do they line up? Surprisingly there is quite a bit of variation between the trio with Vodafone offering rather poor value for money at £10 per month for just 250MB of data or £25 per month for 5GB of data. With the network having also recently scrapped its fair usage policy we're not overly impressed.
By comparison O2 comes out reasonably well with £2 for 500MB of usage on any given day, £10 per month for 1GB of data or £15 per month for 3GB of data. As a refresher, Orange is proposing £2 for 200MB of data per day, £7.50 for 1GB of data per week and £15 or £25 per month for 3GB or 10GB of data respectively. Your usage patterns will vary, but O2's £10 per month for 1GB of data and O2 and Orange's £15 per month for 3GB of data looks like the sweet spots to me.
Update: O2 has now confirmed these plans.
Update 2: Happily Apple got the Vodafone price plans wrong. Correct pricing falls in line with O2 and Orange with £10 and £25 per month deals offering 1GB and 10GB of data respectively. Much better.
Update 3: 3 has just bested all the other telcos offering 10GB of data per month on a 30 day rolling contract for just £15pm - score! It also offers a 1GB allowance under the same terms for £7.50pm.