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The Complete Guide to International iPad Pricing + Service Providers

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Articles Categories: Features

Now that the iPad is officially available for purchase or pre-order in a number of different territories, we’ve assembled this—The Complete Guide to iPad Pricing + Service Providers—as a resource to help readers across the world understand what their options are. Below, you’ll find a clean chart showing the prices for each iPad model, as well as the low- and high-end data service prices for each 3G data service provider in each country. If a provider includes Wi-Fi hotspot access as a component of the data service plan, we’ve indicated that in the chart as well.

Please note that some carriers are continuing to update their pricing and plans in response to customer comments, complaints, and market conditions; we will be updating this article as the situation changes.

We’ll update the Complete Guide to iPad Pricing + Service Providers as additional countries and carriers are added to Apple’s list. Please e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you know of another carrier who needs to be on the list. Thanks!

United States
iPad with Wi-fi 16GB - $499 32GB - $599 64GB - $699
iPad with Wi-fi + 3G 16GB - $629 32GB - $729 64GB - $829
AT&T Least Expensive: 250MB monthly for $15 Most Expensive: Unlimited monthly for $30 Wi-Fi Access: Yes
Canada
iPad with Wi-fi 16GB - $549 (CAN) 32GB - $649 (CAN) 64GB - $749 (CAN)
iPad with Wi-fi + 3G 16GB - $679 (CAN) 32GB - $779 (CAN) 64GB - $879 (CAN)
Rogers Wireless Least Expensive: 250MB monthly for $15 (CAD) Most Expensive: 5GB monthly for $35 (CAD) Wi-Fi Access: Yes
United Kingdom
iPad with Wi-fi 16GB - £429 (inc. VAT) 32GB - £499 (inc. VAT) 64GB - £599 (inc. VAT)
iPad with Wi-fi + 3G 16GB - £529 (inc. VAT) 32GB - £599 (inc. VAT) 64GB - £699 (inc. VAT)
Orange Least Expensive: 200MB daily for £2 Most Expensive: 10GB monthly for £25 Wi-Fi Access: Yes (Monthly plans only)
O2 Least Expensive: 500MB daily for £2 Most Expensive: 3GB monthly for £15 Wi-Fi Access: Yes
Vodafone Least Expensive: 1GB monthly for £10 Most Expensive: 5GB monthly for £25 Wi-Fi Access: No
Australia
iPad with Wi-fi 16GB - $629 (AUS, inc. GST) 32GB - $759 (AUS, inc. GST) 64GB - $879 (AUS, inc. GST)
iPad with Wi-fi + 3G 16GB - $799 (AUS, inc. GST) 32GB - $928 (AUS, inc. GST) 64GB - $1049 (AUS, inc. GST)
Telstra Least Expensive: 1GB monthly for $20 (AUS) Most Expensive: 6GB monthly for $60 (AUS) Wi-Fi Access: No
Optus Least Expensive: 500MB bi-weekly for $15(AUS) Most Expensive: 14GB bi-monthly for $130(AUS) Wi-Fi Access: No
France
iPad with Wi-fi 16GB - €499 32GB - €599 64GB - €699
iPad with Wi-fi + 3G 16GB - €599 32GB - €699 64GB - €799
Orange Least Expensive: 200MB monthly for €10 Most Expensive: 2GB monthly for €39 Wi-Fi Access: Yes
SFR Least Expensive: 250MB monthly for €15 Most Expensive: “Unlimited” monthly for €30 (1GB high-speed cap) Wi-Fi Access: Yes
Italy
iPad with Wi-fi 16GB - €499 32GB - €599 64GB - €699
iPad with Wi-fi + 3G 16GB - €599 32GB - €699 64GB - €799
Vodafone Least Expensive: 500MB daily for €5 Most Expensive: “Unlimited” monthly for €30 Wi-Fi Access: No
3 Least Expensive: 3GB monthly for €5 Most Expensive: N/A Wi-Fi Access: No
Germany
iPad with Wi-fi 16GB - €499 32GB - €599 64GB - €714
iPad with Wi-fi + 3G 16GB - €599 32GB - €699 64GB - €814
O2 Least Expensive: 200MB monthly for €10 Most Expensive: 5GB monthly for €25 Wi-Fi Access: No
Vodafone Least Expensive: 200MB monthly for €20 Most Expensive: 3GB monthly for €30 Wi-Fi Access: No
Spain
iPad with Wi-fi 16GB - €479 32GB - €579 64GB - €679
iPad with Wi-fi + 3G 16GB - €579 32GB - €679 64GB - €779
Orange Least Expensive: 250MB daily for €3.50 Most Expensive: 2GB monthly for €35 Wi-Fi Access: No
Vodafone Least Expensive: 250MB monthly for €15 Most Expensive: 2GB monthly for €32 Wi-Fi Access: No
Movistar Least Expensive: 200MB monthly for €15 Most Expensive: 5GB monthly for €39 Wi-Fi Access: No
Switzerland
iPad with Wi-fi 16GB - 649 (CHF) 32GB - 779 (CHF) 64GB - 899 (CHF)
iPad with Wi-fi + 3G 16GB - 799 (CHF) 32GB - 929 (CHF) 64GB - 1,049 (CHF)
Orange Least Expensive: Unlimited daily for 5 (CHF) Most Expensive: N/A Wi-Fi Access: No
Swisscom Least Expensive: 300MB monthly for 19 (CHF) Most Expensive: 2GB monthly for 39 (CHF) Wi-Fi Access: No
Japan
iPad with Wi-fi 16GB - ¥48,800 32GB - ¥58,800 64GB - ¥68,800
iPad with Wi-fi + 3G 16GB - ¥61,920 32GB - ¥72,000 64GB - ¥81,840
SoftBank Least Expensive: Unlimited monthly for ¥2,910 (Contract) Most Expensive: 1GB monthly for ¥4,410 (No contract) Wi-Fi Access: No

Notably, users in some countries will need to pay a small fee to receive a micro-SIM for use in their iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G, while others may be able to have the card shipped to them with their iPad order directly from Apple. Also notable is the situation in Japan, where the iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G is available solely from SoftBank. All iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G units sold in Japan will be carrier-locked to SoftBank, and will be available both for an up-front price (listed above) and on a 24-month installment plan, details of which can be found in this article. As a result, the company is also offering a modest subsidy, as well as cheaper monthly data rates, for users willing to sign up for a two-year contract; this explains the discrepancy between the higher monthly rates for the 1GB, no contract plans. In addition, Movistar in Spain is offering its iPhone users on their two highest-tier data plans to apply for a free microSIM for the iPad, which allows them to share their data plan between the two devices; more information can be found in this article.

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Comments

1

Info about Rogers $30 for 5 g plan is incorrect

Posted by Chat perdu on May 11, 2010 at 6:56 PM (PDT)

2

Swiss contracts aren’t up to date anymore: Orange is a rip off and sunrise might come into play.

Posted by huskyte on May 11, 2010 at 10:41 PM (PDT)

3

Would someone be able to take a US iPad and buy a SIM card for one of these countries when traveling? As of today (May 13) I was told by AT&T that to use my iPad overseas (vacation) it would cost me a MINIMUM of $40 to get 20MB of use outside the US. This is seems to hark back to the days of $2.00/min long distance phone calls…

Posted by wendy on May 13, 2010 at 6:48 PM (PDT)

4

Making a trip ro Canada can I get a Rogers sim card for a week? Live in US so only temp.

Posted by Rajiv on May 22, 2010 at 10:13 AM (PDT)

5

Similar question as Rajiv…going to Australia from the US this August….the international rates quoted via the iPad 3G plan are like $199 for 200MB of international data while the aussie rates are very, very different…...I have heard that iPad 3G’s are sold “unlocked” in their natural state…if true, seems you could get a microsim….but just not sure if you can just roll into a Aussie wireless store and buy a sim and plug in….what do you lose by doing this….can you do this, or does one need to jailbreak the iPad?

Posted by Sam Bachman on May 28, 2010 at 7:25 PM (PDT)

6

I am currently visiting Singapore from U.S.
I would like to know if I am correct in assuming that I can use my iPad, without incurring any charges, wherever free wi fi access is available (such as at Starbucks) or in my son’s place where I can use his wi fi network.

Posted by S. Subramanian on July 6, 2010 at 6:10 PM (PDT)

7

What do I need, if anything, to keep my iPad charged in the UK?

Posted by R Thomas Berner on April 18, 2011 at 1:45 PM (PDT)

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