iPad Plus Mobile Broadband Availability And Pricing Becomes Clearer

Following the excitement of last week when we announced in the news section that Orange and T-Mobile would offer subsidised iPads with mobile broadband more details are now starting to emerge about the pricing and availability.

Orange have announced that they will offer the 16gb iPad for £199, the 32gb version for £249 and the 64gb version for £349. T-Mobile are expected to offer the same pricing altough some reports say they will only offer the 16gb device.

Orange’s mobile broadband tariff will be their 1gb anytime plus 1gb off peak (midnight to 4pm) price plan which will be charged at £25 per month for existing customers and £27 a month for new customers. Expensive but not out of line with pay monthly laptop deals.

There is no news yet on T-Mobile’s tariff pricing but we expect to see them either match Orange exactly or (hopefully) push their unlimited mobile broadband offer at a slight pemium – maybe £30 a month? Orange and T-Mobile are expected to launch in time for Christmas

In seperate news 3 have also announced that they will offer subsidised iPads (presumably at the most competitive prices) although not until next year and speculation is growing that Vodafone will no the same.

Orange relaunch mobile broadband tariffs

Orange have today relaunched their mobile broadband tariffs and added a mifi device into their range.

The new Orange mobile broadband plans are not particularly exciting in terms of the amount of included data but Orange have tried to find other ways to make them interesting including:

  • A new £5 mobile broadband tariff with no included data but a low charge of only 5p per megabyte on a one month contract which may be perfect for low users.
  • Unlimited surfing for up to one hour between midnight and 4pm on some tariffs
  • Unlimited public wifi access via hotspots on some tariffs

Generally it seems Orange are trying to reduce the amount of data traffic over their network by minimising inclusive bundles and becoming more attractive to low users. With their tie up with T-Mobile this makes sense as a strategy as they can go after the low users on the congested Orange network and the high data users on the less used T-Mobile Broadband network with their unlimited mobile broadband plan. 

The other interesting thing in their announcement today was the addition of a mobile wifi device to compete alongside the offers from 3 and Vodafone. Again the tariffs aren’t hugely competitive but their are some good deals for lowish users and some interesting one month contracts.

You can see the full range of tariffs on the Orange shop here.