Telstra follows Vodafone and 3 in announcing it’ll have Next G plans primed and ready for the iPad’s Aussie launch.
It looks like Apple is trying to inject a little good news into the spin cycle on its decision to delay
the Australian launch of the iPad until late May.
Less than an hour ago we had word from VHA
that “Vodafone and 3 Mobile will offer dedicated iPad price plans for all models from the end of May in Australia”.
Now we’ve received an almost identical statement from Telstra PR, advising that “Telstra today announced that it will offer dedicated iPad price plans from the end of May in Australia.”
Both the Telstra and VHA statements follow with a paragraph extolling the virtues of Apple’s ‘magical and revolutionary iPad’ and pointing us to Apple’s Web site “for more information.”
We’re putting money on Optus sending out the same identikit release before the day is done.
Apple has an infamously tight chokehold on PR, media relations and what partners can and cannot say, as well as a control-freak approach to publicity in general.
So call us cynical, but does anyone get the feeling this sudden burst of support for the iPad 3G is not just Apple-approved but Apple-directed, in order to counteract the wave of fanboy frowns and general criticism over the second delay to the iPad’s non-US launch date?