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  • Free iPad in Japan with Two-Year Contract


    If you live in Japan, a pretty sweet deal is coming your way on December 3. SoftBank Mobileís "iPad for everybody" promotion will soon be offering the iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G for free with a two-year data plan. The plan will run •4725 ($56) a month and there is no monthly surcharge for the deal. Itís really like getting 24 months to pay for an iPad as long as you make your monthly payments. Over the two-year period youíll be shelling out approximately $1344. In the US, the price of an iPad and 2GB data plan would be $1229 over 24 months. The difference is $115, which isnít too bad of a deal compared to an average credit card interest rate.

    Starting Friday, I expect SoftBank will have a difficult time keeping iPadís in stock. Itís a very tempting offer especially considering the fact that itís the 3G model. Hopefully, this sort of deal will show up here in the US before too long. With the holidays right around the corner the timing couldnít be better.

    Source: 9to5 Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Free iPad in Japan with Two-Year Contract started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. Musashi13's Avatar
      Musashi13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      "Most people EVERYWHERE use flip phones... this is not an indication of a nations technology "

      To ziklsky or whatever

      Yeah I know that u joker! I work for Panasonic! What I'm saying is that there's not much better tech being widely used and somebody said that surely japan has something better? Well they don't! Japanese companies are very forward thinking and make a lot of things possible but from what I saw travelling ALL OVER Japan was that hardly anybody uses it and it far to expensive their. The flip phones that they use people would NOT use them in the uk as they are circa 2004. The west is not as far behind as everybody Inc me thinks. But after going their I know we make more use of mobile tech than they do! They have just seen ways to make more money from us!


      Ps nobody I know uses clamshells and I know there is a quote button it's just mashed on my Ipad lol
      Did you use one or just see people with them? Clamshell may be circa 2004 but the design hides some pretty funky jigglings inside. Been in japan for a long time and had a chance to compare what I use here with what others use in other countries (English speaking) and I can tell you straight the Japanese flip phone usually pisses all over anything else out there.

      As for this offer I think at face value it is tempting but earlier posts were right being tied to something now for two years while better devices are released is dumb in the head. Those in the know will give it a wide birth but japan's love for apple will make this a hugely lucrative offer for softbank and apple.
    1. FrankyMcGee's Avatar
      FrankyMcGee -
      Haha "free." I love how loosely that word is used nowadays. NOTHING is free in today's modern world
    1. yowiphone's Avatar
      yowiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      "Most people EVERYWHERE use flip phones... this is not an indication of a nations technology "

      To ziklsky or whatever

      Yeah I know that u joker! I work for Panasonic! What I'm saying is that there's not much better tech being widely used and somebody said that surely japan has something better? Well they don't! Japanese companies are very forward thinking and make a lot of things possible but from what I saw travelling ALL OVER Japan was that hardly anybody uses it and it far to expensive their. The flip phones that they use people would NOT use them in the uk as they are circa 2004. The west is not as far behind as everybody Inc me thinks. But after going their I know we make more use of mobile tech than they do! They have just seen ways to make more money from us!


      Ps nobody I know uses clamshells and I know there is a quote button it's just mashed on my Ipad lol
      I was in Tokyo in January and 90% of all phones i saw there were Iphones..
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Yeah, did use them! We got a few mates in Tokyo and trust me that phone was weak lol. Yeah their are a lot of iPhone users but on them trains I mostly saw flips. And I was is in Nara, Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto etc etc. But your right that iPhones r big and people were impressed I had an iPad, and in the hostels they have them at the desks so I do think this deal will do ok regardless of new iPad