VHA is first to confirm they'll back the iPad 3G – but will Aussie carriers also adopt subsidised contracts alongside Apple’s prepaid model in the US?
VHA partner networks Vodafone and 3 have revealed they will offer a range of mobile broadband plans for the 3G iPad when the device launches late next month
Vodafone and 3 “will offer dedicated iPad price plans for all models from the end of May in Australia”, VHA says, making it the first Australian carrier to confirm its intentions regarding the iPad. VHA was unable to confirm if these would be pre-paid or contract plans.
The announcement comes following earlier hints
that Australian carriers may choose not to stringently follow the pre-paid or ‘pay as you go’ model which Apple has adopted in the US.
While iPhone partner AT&T will offer iPad plans at US$15/month for 250MB or $30/month for unlimited data, the 3G iPad will be sold unlocked so that it can be used on any network.
Australian carriers may choose to offer the iPad 3G on a contract plan – to subsidise the initial purchase price of the iPad 3G, which is tipped
to cost from $800 to $1,100 depending on the device’s storage – alongside pre-paid plans for those who wish to buy the iPad 3G outright.