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Prices emerge for UK, Euro iPads, Orange UK 3G support

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    $635 US Dollars

    So that's $635 US Dollars for a $499 device... and that's calculated against an exceptionally strong dollar! When things normalize a bit it will be closer to $699 US. Which is why Apple waited until now to announce the prices. Rip off merchants!

  1. Zanziboy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cheaper in UK than USA

    If you do the math and take VAT (17.5%) into account. Do the math:

    For Example,

    16GB WiFi Version: $499.00 in the USA

    (USD) $499 = (GBP) £336.98

    Now add UK VAT @ 17.5%

    Target UK Price = £395.95 --> Apple charge £429.00

    BUT, if you bought it in the US, you would pay £34 pounds less, but that would not take into account state sales tax, which in NYC is 8.875%. So you would actually pay MORE at £431 when you bought it in NYC!

    So, where's the rip-off?

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