UK carriers slash iPad prices ahead of anticipated iPad 2

“Both T-Mobile and Orange have dropped their iPad pricing, suggesting that the iPad 2 will be with us in a matter of weeks,” Kate Solomon reports for TechRadar UK.

“Orange is now selling the iPad for £99 on its 24-month contracts and T-Mobile is offering the same to existing customers,” Solomon reports. “Previously, Orange was offering the iPad WiFi + 3G at £199.99 upfront on a £25 per month contract to existing customers and at £229.99 for new customers on a £27 per month contract – so the new pricing offers a saving of at least £100 on each.”

Solomon reports, “T-Mobile, meanwhile, is only offering the discount to existing customers on a 24-month £25 tariff.”

Read more in the full article here.

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16 Comments

      1. It’s a fundamentally different marketplace here in the UK.

        Firstly, Orange (part of France Telecom) and T-Mobile (part of Deutsche Telekom) are now pooling their network infrastructure, so if one has coverage in an area where the other doesn’t, the consumer is OK.

        Secondly, iPhones are available on all five main networks (O2, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, 3) and iPad tariffs are available from all of those. In addition, you can even get iPhone from Tesco Mobile (a supermarket-owned MVNO that acquires wholesale airtime from O2).

        Combine all of that competition with a very high population density (eight times that of the US) in a much smaller area (less than 10% of the US) which makes ROI on infrastructure much higher and you can see why UK networks can spend money luring customers onto their networks.

        1. Which part of the US are you using for your flawed example, population varies greatly from one area to another, for example NYC is quite high. compared to Montana which is very low. I like to use the analogy ten pounds of carp in a 5 pound box.

            1. Read my post again 5th grader, you failed to get my point. As you have proven in so many posts there is no cure for stupid. Your just looking for a fight punk, so F off.

          1. Firstly, I think you’re being unnecessarily aggressive to some of the posters who responded to you. The facts on population density are what they are as are the facts on the area of the respective countries.

            Back on topic, if you’re a company like AT&T and you want to offer a service nationally, you base those decisions on the “worst case” scenario: for AT&T, that would be thousands of ranchers in Montana and Wyoming thinking how great it would be to able to stay in touch with commodity prices whilst they whiz around on their horses/quadbikes/whatever.

            Why?

            Because they then have to invest a whole load of balance sheet cash in upgrading their rural networks based on a payback period of several years which is hardly the Wall St. way.

            In the UK, our operators can get a far quicker payback on improving infrastructure on a nationwide basis which frees up balance sheet cash for subsidising portable devices safe in the knowledge that customers will be able to use those devices and nobody is going to get sued for not providing the service as advertised.

            Well, you did ask.

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington's_Birthday

      Sometimes it’s better to read then just spew what you see on a calendar.

      “By the mid-1980s, with a push from advertisers, the term “Presidents’ Day” began its public appearance. Although Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, was never a federal holiday, approximately a dozen state governments have officially renamed their Washington’s Birthday observances as “Presidents’ Day”, “Washington and Lincoln Day”, or other such designations. However, “Presidents’ Day” is not always an all-inclusive term.
      In Massachusetts, the state officially celebrates “Washington’s Birthday” on the same day as the Federal holiday. State law also directs the governor to issue an annual “Presidents Day” proclamation on May 29 honoring the presidents with Massachusetts roots: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge, and John F. Kennedy.
      Alabama uniquely observes the day as “Washington and Jefferson Day”, even though Thomas Jefferson’s birthday is in April.[5][6]
      In Connecticut, Missouri and Illinois, while Washington’s Birthday is a federal holiday, Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is still a state holiday, falling on February 12 regardless of the day of the week.
      In Washington’s home state of Virginia, the holiday is legally known as “George Washington Day.”

      It’s presidents day in SOME states…… It’s Washington’s birthday in others. Presidents day is not an official federal name for the holiday.

        1. I show that you and others don’t know that president’s day isnt the holiday, and I’m the idiot? Love it.
          You can’t argue any point that was made, so you resort to just “idiot”
          MDN has it right, you have it wrong.
          This happens every year.

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