updated 12:40 pm EDT, Fri May 7, 2010
Substantially more expensive than in US, Canada
Apple has confirmed pricing for the UK versions of the iPad, launching on May 28th. The base 16GB Wi-Fi model will cost £429, with VAT included. Prices rise to £499 for 32GB, and £599 for 64GB. A £100 premium applies to each capacity when choosing a 3G edition of the tablet.
Cellular carrier Orange has meanwhile announced intentions to support the iPad in the UK, France, Spain and Switzerland. Unlike AT&T in the US, which offers just two monthly iPad plans to choose from, Orange UK will also offer pay-as-you-go, daily and weekly options. The first is set at 5p per megabyte, with a ceiling of £40. Daily coverage costs £2 for 200MB, while weekly plans are priced at £7.50 for 1GB.
Recurring monthly plans are priced at £15 and £25, which provide 3GB and 10GB of cellular data respectively, as well as "unlimited" use of BT Openzone Wi-Fi. In reality, though, the latter is capped by a 750MB "fair usage" policy. All iPad plans include a one-time, £10 activation credit.
Separately, sources claim that countries with the Euro will charge €499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad, and €599 and €699 for 32GB and 64GB tablets, respectively. Upgrading any of these to a 3G model is expected to add €100.