Pre-ordering for the popular gadget started yesterday in advance of the release date proper, which is 28 May. If you haven't already pre-ordered, Apple's suggested pricing for the iPad ranges from £429 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version, up to £699 for the 64GB Wi-Fi plus 3G option, and buyers will be able to get their hands on one online, from Apple stores and from selected Apple retailers.
And now, once you have one, you'll also be able to work out what kind of data tariff you need to go with it. O2 is offering the micro sim required to fit the iPad (it won't work with normal sims) for free; and data from £2 per day for 500MB of data. That goes up as far as £15 per month for 3GB of data, and all options come with unlimited access to BT Openzone and The Cloud Wi-Fi hotspots. It's a fairly limited range of options at present, with noticably no heavy user tariff available just yet - perhaps O2 is seeing what demand is like.
"We are truly excited to provide service for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G,” commented Sally Cowdry, O2’s Marketing Director. “We’ve worked closely with Apple to make sure customers get an excellent experience when using their iPad Wi-Fi + 3G on O2. Not only will it be quick and easy to buy value for money data access from the device, but customers will also benefit from our overall, award-winning service wrap which includes great network and great customer service and the added benefit of access to thousands of public Wi-Fi hotspots.”
O2 has also announced that it has worked with Apple to provide a way of managing your data account via the iPad, with notifications provided as the data limit is neared.
More information on tariffs is available at www.o2.co.uk/ipadtariffs.