iPad buyers “have a choice of paying up front cash, or buying on a two year installment plan,” Nagata reports. “So pricing for an iPad Wi-fi only model in cash would be: 16GB: ¥48,960, 32GB: ¥59,040, and 64GB ¥68,880. Using installment ups it a bit at 16GB: ¥53,280, 32GB: ¥63,360, and 64GB ¥73,200. Pricing for the iPad 3G model with the prepaid plan would be (cash purchase) 16GB: ¥61,920, 32GB: ¥72,000, and 64GB ¥81,840; (monthly installments – 24x) 16GB: ¥66,240, 32GB: ¥76,320, and 64GB ¥86,160. If you sign up for a two year contract for unlimited data, Softbank will eat the interest for you so there is no difference between cash purchase price and installment plan. So the 3G model on the monthly unlimited data plan (2 year contract) 16GB: ¥58,320, 32GB: ¥67,920, and 64GB ¥77,280.”
Nagata reports, “Softbank is offering their standard unlimited data plan of 4,410 yen a month, however if you are using an iPad, you can receive a 1,500 yen a month discount dropping the monthly charge to 2,910 a month. There is also a monthly prepaid service that offers you up to 1 GB of data that you can use for up to 30 days. This will cost you 4,410 yen.”
MacDailyNews Note: Apple announced last Friday that iPad will be available in Japan (and Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the UK) on Friday, May 28th. Customers can pre-order all iPad models from Apple’s online store in all nine countries beginning on Monday, May 10.
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