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.