updated 05:30 pm EDT, Sat May 8, 2010
Softbank offers installment, subcription plans
More pricing details have come out for the international iPad, which launches on May 28th. Japanese carrier Softbank has announced intentions to sell both the tablet and various data plans. Paying upfront, Wi-Fi iPads are 48,960, 59,040 and 68,880 yen, for 16, 32 and 64GB capacities; 3G models are 61,920, 72,000 and 81,840 yen.
People can alternately choose to pay in a two-year installment plan, which raises Wi-Fi costs to 53,280 63,360 and 73,200 yen, and 3G ones to 66,240, 76,320 and 86,160 yen. Signing up for two years of unlimited 3G data brings the prices for the 3G iPad down to 58,320, 67,920 and 77,280 yen. All iPads come with two years of free Softbank Wi-Fi hotspot access. A special 2,910 yen monthly unlimited data plan is available for people not on a subscription.
Italian site setteB.IT has meanwhile posted a comprehensive chart, showing iPad prices in all countries adjusted for sales tax, and/or equivalent value in Euros. Although not including some other potential costs, such as shipping, the chart suggests that imported iPads may be in high demand, particularly from the US, which has the cheapest relative prices. German and British pricetags are noted to be some of the most expensive, as much as £699 ($1,035) in the UK for a 64GB 3G device.