Orange and T-Mobile have announced their iPad pricing, and it’s not particularly cheap. Customers will have to pay at least £25 per month for two years, for a data-only tariff.
Orange is offering all three iPad models (Wi-Fi+3G), starting at £199 for the 16GB iPad. For users wanting more storage, it will cost £249 for the 32GB model and £349 for the 64GB model. T-Mobile is only offering the 16GB iPad, at least for the time being. Each will be on sale from Friday 3rd December, with stocks expected to be limited.
Existing Orange or T-Mobile customers will then pay £25 per month, for two years, which includes 1GB of ‘anytime’ data, 1GB of ‘quiet time’ data (data consumed between midnight and 1600 on Orange, or midnight to 1000 on T-Mobile) and up to 3GB of data at BT Openzone hotspots for Orange customers only.
If you’re not an existing subscriber, this monthly fee increases to £27 per month.
We’ve calculated the total cost of ownership, and feel that there’s quite a large price to pay overall for not much data. While you probably won’t need much more data on your iPad (in fact, you may not even need that much if you will use it mostly at home or work over Wi-Fi), the monthly fee seems excessive to us.
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Cost of ownership – existing Orange/T-Mobile subscribers
- 16GB iPad (£199) + 24 months (£600) = £799
- 32GB iPad (£249) + 24 months (£600) = £849*
- 64GB iPad (£349) + 24 months (£600) = £949*
Cost of ownership – new Orange/T-Mobile subscribers
- 16GB iPad (£199) + 24 months (£648) = £847
- 32GB iPad (£249) + 24 months (£648) = £897*
- 64GB iPad (£349) + 24 months (£648) = £997*
* On sale from Orange only.