Yesterday Apple announced the pricing for the Australian version of the iPad. At first, I was led to believe that Australians were only going to be able to get a WIFI model, but as it turns out we get the WIFI + 3G one as well! Prices are in line with what I would have expected.
Pricing is listed below as taken from the Apple web site.
So who’s going to get one?? I’m still struggling to see what this would be good for, unless you were a frequent traveller. So I’ll hold my decision until I actually get to play with one.
Telstra has also come to the party (yeah, I know I didn’t expect it this soon either!). They have announced their pre-paid data pricing for the iPad…and it’s very competitive!
MELBOURNE*May 9, 2010 – Telstra today announced it will offer dedicated data plans for iPad 3G in Australia beginning May 28, 2010. All data plans will be available without a contract, providing the freedom to activate or cancel a plan at any time. Telstra Pre-Paid SIM for Apple iPad 3G gives you:
Our Pre-Paid SIM for Apple iPad Kits include ($30) 1GB of data.*As a*bonus for customers that activate their kit by 30 June 2010, we have added an additional 2GB of data.
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 iPadâ€™s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface. iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.6 pounds â€” thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook â€” 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.*
“Telstraâ€™s pricing for iPad 3G gives customers control and flexibility to access the Internet on-the-go while connected to the Telstra Next GTM network,”*said Ross Fielding, executive director, Telstra Mobility Products.
“Telstra is providing Australians the ability to enjoy 3G on iPad in more places than on any other network.”
Data plans do not require a term contract.
Unused data expires after 30 days.
For more information about iPad please visit*www.apple.com/ipad.
*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
TELSTRA PRE-PAID SIM FOR APPLE iPadÂ® will be available from most Telstra Stores and selected partners.
Customers can recharge using Bpay, or buy recharge vouchers at Telstra, Australia Post, Target, Big W, Dick Smith, Leading Edge Telecoms, WOW sight and sound, Woolworths, Safeway, Coles Fone Zone, K Mart, Retravision and Newslink.