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UK carriers debut iPad 3G plans; Japan's DoCoMo jumps ship

updated 10:20 am EDT, Mon May 10, 2010

Japanese 3G an exclusive

In parallel with Apple launching international pre-orders for the iPad, two more UK carriers beyond Orange have announced 3G service plans. O2 is selling two monthly options: 1GB for 10, or 3GB for 15. People who only need a brief amount of data can pay 2 for 500MB a day. Subscribers to any of the options get free access to BT Openzone Wi-Fi.

Vodafone is offering two plans. A 10 option grants just 250MB per month, while paying 25 raises the cap to 5GB. Both Vodafone and Orange customers must, however, call their carriers to start service. Only people wanting to go with O2 can sign up directly from an iPad.

Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has meanwhile revealed that it is abandoning plans to support the iPad. Apple's deal with Softbank is in fact said to be exclusive, even though other networks are compatible and Apple has been moving away from exclusivity as a rule. Softbank is already the lone backer of the iPhone in Japan, despite being the smallest of the country's three major carriers.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    SimLocked in japan

    I'm surprised that MacNN haven't run with a far more provocative headline in relation to the fact that the iPad in Japan will be sim-locked and exclusive to Softbank which of course breaks Steve's promise that the iPad would be sim-free. Clever, get all the positive publicity associated with a fully unlocked product and then start locking it anyway. Steve speaketh with forked tongue!

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not SIM-free

    Jobs said the iPad was contract-free, not SIM-free. You can activate the data plan for any month you want without a contract. "SIM-free" doesn't make any sense, however; all GSM devices have SIM cards.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    sort of sim lock

    Sure, it isn't sim-locked, but since Apple's using a new type of SIM card, most other SIM cards won't work, so you're kind of stuck anyway. (I wouldn't be surprised to find out Apple did this to keep people from getting an iPad data plan for their older iPhone without having to pay for voice or something).

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