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

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!


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.