11/26/2010

UK Networks set to offer cheaper iPad on contract

Apple iPad

While the iPad has proven to be extremely popular the only thing really holding it back is the relatively high cost of the device. Even the cheapest model of the iPad is similarly priced to an average laptop and although the iPhone 4 costs around the same price, the majority of iPhones will be sold with along a contract either at a heavily subsidised price or even for free.

It seems networks Orange, T-Mobile and Three have realised this and see that by reducing the initial cost and charging monthly for a data plan they could probably shift a lot of iPads. It makes a lot of sense for some customers, most owners of the 3G model will pay for a data plan to get the full use of their iPad, so they may as well get the device itself at a lower cost and pay monthly for a data plan as they would anyway.

No firm details have been released but rumours are suggesting the device itself will cost £200 when picked up with a 24-month contract. Depending on the monthly cost this could work out to be a pretty good deal for those who would otherwise by a SIM-free 3G model. It seems unlikely however that the amount saved will be persuasive enough to convince those who would otherwise opt for the Wi-Fi only model to upgrade.

With the cost of buying an iPad set to become less of a stumbling block it could well begin to compete with the iPhone for mobile supremacy. If only the iPad offered full telephone calling and text messaging we’d all be able to sell our mobiles to a mobile phone recycling company and switch to using an iPad .

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