Australian telcos unveil pricing for new iPad

Vodafone, Optus and Telstra have announced pricing for the third-generation Apple iPad.

Vodafone is offering the most options for the new iPad and is also the only telco offering 12-month contracts. Its monthly data plans range from 2GB to 18GB.

Twelve-month plans for the 16GB iPad with 2GB of data start at $76 per month, while the 24-month plans start at $47 per month. Twelve-month plans for the 64GB iPad at Vodafone start at $93 for 2GB per month and go up to $133 per month on an 18GB plan.

Telstra data plans include 1GB, 4GB, 8GB and 15GB. Its cheapest deal is the 16GB iPad with 1GB of data for $48 per month over 24 months. Its most expensive plan is for the 64GB iPad on a 15GB plan for $107 per month over 24 months.

iPad plans with Telstra will use its HSPA+Dual Channel 3G connection, which it claims is twice as fast as other 3G networks in Australia.

Optus is offering the new iPad on 24-month plans that include 500MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of data. Plans targeting consumers start at $38 per month for a 16GB tablet, ranging up to $79 each month for a 64GB iPad with 16GB of data. The telco is also offering a range of plans targeting SMBs.

Customers will be able to sign up for the new iPad at all telcos from tomorrow.

Earlier this month Apple pushed back the release of the new iPad by three days to 19 March.

The third-generation iPad includes a more powerful processor, an upgraded camera and a screen with twice the number of pixels of the iPad and iPad 2 displays. The tablet is capable of accessing fast 4G LTE networks; however, this feature is not compatible with Australian networks.

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