O2, Vodafone and Orange announce iPad tariffs
Both O2, Vodafone and Orange have just dropped us emails to us to confirm that they'll be offering iPad price plans from the end of May in various places across the world, including Britain.
The three statements are almost identical.
Vodafone says: "Vodafone today announced that it will offer dedicated iPad price plans for all models from the end of May in Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK", and
O2 says: "O2 today announced that it will offer dedicated iPad price plans for all models from the end of May in the UK".
Orange says: "Orange today announced that it will offer dedicated iPad price plans for all models from the end of May (in France, UK, Spain and Switzerland)".
All three are then followed with some boilerplate statements about the iPad. It's basically just an announcement that there'll be an announcement at the end of May.
Notice something interesting here, though - all three networks say they'll be offering price plans. Not iPads, just price plans. That seems to suggest that all they'll be doing is allowing customers to get their hands on the unusual microSIM format that the device requires, rather than stocking the iPad themselves.
Perhaps we'll find out more at the end of May.
UPDATE: We've heard back from T-Mobile after putting the question to them as to whether they would be offering iPad price plans. Here is the response:
“Discussions continue between the relevant parties regarding the distribution of Apple and T-Mobile UK's products and services. Updates will be provided as and when it is pertinent to do so."