3G iPads in UK for £200?
Orange and T-Mobile will subsidize Wi-Fi + 3G iPads for customers who order 18 month and 24 month service plans. Although there's no pricing information from either company or their parent Everything Everywhere, reports claim that the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G 16GB will be available for £200, which about $320 US.
The UK advertising site MarketingWeek
was out first with the news that Everything Everywhere, the British wireless behemoth formed out of the merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK was planning to sell iPads at reduced prices for the Christmas holiday. Orange later acknowledged the plan in a press release
, but there is as yet no official confirmation from T-Mobile, and no information about pricing.
MarketingWeek's sources say that the subsidized iPad Wi+Fi + 3G 16GB is going to be available for around £200 for customers that are willing to sign an 18 to 24 month contract. This is a steep discount from the price for the same model iPad at the Apple Store in the UK, which costs £529 (approximately $844 US). The plans cost $14.99 for 250 MB a month and $25 for 2 GB a month.
The subsidy model for mobile devices is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. O2 recently introduced a deal
giving customers PlayStation 3s with PlayStation Move free if they buy a £35 per month 24 month contract. Customers who get a £25 per month 24 month contract can buy an Xbox 360 with a 250GB hard drive, Kinect for Xbox 360 with Kinect Adventures and a choice of either Dance Central, Kinect Sports or a 12 month Xbox Live membership for £189.99: a £200 subsidy.