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UK carriers begin selling subsidized iPads

updated 10:20 am EST, Fri December 3, 2010

Plans vary mostly in data caps

Several UK cellular carriers are now selling subsidized versions of the iPad, having previously relied on standard pre-paid options. In all instances, only 3G versions of the tablet are eligible, tied to two-year contracts. A 16GB model costs 199, while 32GB is 249 and 64GB is 349. Normally a 3G iPad costs a minimum of 529.

Orange, T-Mobile and 3 UK are all offering 25 monthly data plans for the contracts, though the cost goes up 2 for people new to Orange or T-Mobile. The latter two carriers are also limiting people to 1GB of "anytime" data, plus an extra 1GB of use in "quiet time" between midnight and 10AM. 3 is offering the most generous plan, which includes a flat 15GB.

The UK is just the second region to get subsidized iPads. The first was South Korea, where local carrier KT began selling iPads for as little as the equivalent of $192 on November 30th. Most 3G iPad carriers are only offering pre-paid plans, which while increasing hardware prices allows people to cancel or renew data at will.

by MacNN Staff




  1. bonaccij

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Right up there with Japan! I think this is awesome. I don't think the average consumer even thinks about what they are paying monthly. So, now, they just go out and say "I got an iPad for 1/2 PRICE!!" I think this is brilliant and I think AT&T and the "VZ" need to get on this immediately here in the US. I hope Apple allows this.

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