Pre-orders for the iPad in the UK have already started today so it was only a matter of time before the networks started announcing their data plans. Orange was the first one to reveal their UK iPad pricing last week and now it would appear that Vodafone today have announced that they will also be taking a slice of the Apple iPad pie.
So what does their pricing include? Well, for the lighter web user for£10 per month you will get 1GB of data, however if your a bit of heavy web surfer then the 5GB of data for £25 maybe more up your street. If you’re looking to pre-order and get yourself onto Vodafone’s 30 day rolling contract for the iPad as soon as possible then you will be need to purchase Vodafone’s microSIM which is available to buy today. Prices are below…
Also, for those of you who are lucky enough to splash out on an iPad as well as still have some cash left to take a holiday abroad, you can pay £9.99 per day to get 50MB of data to use abroad.
However, compared to Orange’s Pay as You Go offer, Vodafone doesn’t offer this option, instead you will need to choose from the monthly contracts above. Also, there is no news of WiFi as part of the plan which when considering Orange will give you 10GB of data and 750MB of fair use WiFi around the country for £25, the 5GB from Vodafone doesn’t look very enticing. However, this does come as no surprise after Vodafone announced that it will be ending the ‘unlimited data’ tariffs networks shortly.
What do you think of Vodafone’s iPad data plans and pricing? Does it entice you to buy an iPad from Vodafone or will you got to a different provider? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think…
Official Press Release Below
Vodafone Announces Data Plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G in the UK
LONDON – May 10, 2010 – Vodafone UK today announced it will offer dedicated iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G data plans beginning May 10, 2010 on the UK’s best network. Both data plans will be available for 30-day periods, giving customers the freedom to activate or cancel a plan at any time. iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface. iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.6 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and deliver up to 10 hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music, and up to nine hours of surfing the web using a 3G data network.*
“Our 3G price plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G offer customers great value on the UK’s best network.” said Guy Laurence, CEO, Vodafone UK. “We’re giving customers the power to make the most of iPad when they want, whether they’re on the move, at home or abroad.”
iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G Plans:
Data plans do not require a long-term contract. Plans roll over every 30 days
Customers who want to use the iPad abroad, can do so for as little as £9.99 a day, with up to 50MB of use.