O2, Vodafone list simple iPad data deals
Carriers set out their stalls
Pay £2 to O2 and you get a day's access, which amounts to no more than 500MB of data.
Want more? 1GB and 3GB allowances are available for £10 and £15, respectively. These are monthly limits, but they're on 30-day contract. The following month's fee is automatically deducted, O2 said, but punters have 24 hours to cancel before this happens.
Cancellation can take place on the iPad itself, said O2, adding that customers will be notified as they approach their data limit with a direct link to iPad settings to check data usage, top up the account and upgrade or cancel their tariff.
Vodafone's offering is
250MB 1GB a month for £10 or 5GB for £25, both on a 30-day contract.
All three carriers have promised to provide iPad-friendly micro Sim cards by the time the device debuts over here: it goes on sale on 28 May, and Apple today started taking advance orders.
You can review UK iPad pricing here. ®
3 better for longterm?
Seems to me that 3 still offer as good or better data rates for their mobile broadband. Either 1GB for £10 as the official iPad tariffs do, or opt to buy a chunk of data in one lump that can is valid for up to 12 months - e.g. 12GB for £79.99, which works out at £6.66 per GB. If you get it with a MiFi then you save a bit of money as you only need the WiFi version of the iPad (though you do end up having to take the MiFi device with you of course).
Cash strapped, counting the pennies....
....but considering an iPad?
Methinks someone doesn't understand the concept of being skint.
Are they unlocked? And if so will any SIM work? I know you'd have to cut them down to Micro SIM size but that's been shown to work. If so couldn't you get one of the cheaper PAYG SIMs with unlimited data?