Subsidized iPads coming to the UK, could the US be next?

Apple iPad WiFi + 3G

Orange and T-Mobile UK both announced that they'll be offering subsidized pricing options for iPads purchased with their data plans. Users must agree to an 18 or 24 month contract in order to grab an iPad with the discounts, which may reach as high as 62% off retail price.

The new joint venture, dubbed "Everything Everywhere", is great news for Apple lovers in the UK, and should help ignite sales of the iPad even further. This could also introduce a new trend in the US if carriers here decide to follow suit based on the program's success. With subsidized discounts of up to 62%, that would equate to a $250 price tag in the US for the $649 WiFi + 3G model. We're keeping our fingers crossed, but aren't holding our breath just yet.

Would you be willing to sign a 2 year contract if Verizon or AT&T were to offer similar subsidized pricing? Let us know in the comments!


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Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Subsidized iPads coming to the UK, could the US be next?


I don't think I'd pay for a 2 year contract for something that's not a phone. The ability to turn 3G on and off on a monthly basis is one of the big advantages of the iPad.

If I buy another mobile internet service it will be for unlimited 4g. That way I can use it for all my devices with no cap, waiting for Sprint to add Detroit, I heard they might in January.

It would certainly peak my interest. I'd have to see the plans involved first. At least you could always sell the iPad if it didn;t work out and pay off the ETF and still have money in your pocket...

The UK ha iPhones on pay as you go , unlocked and different carriers, so I would say no but it happened for iPhone 3G but I can not see an iPad for $250