O2 Says No To Apple iPad 2 Tablet

Telefonica-owned O2 has confirmed that they will not be offering the iPad 2 on subsidised contracts, redirecting those interested instead to its pay as you go iPad microSIM offer.

In a statement, the company said that it will continue to offer "great value, flexible data tariffs for iPad 2 and the unique ability to manage these tariffs on the device itself".

O2 did not say why it will not sell the iPad 2 but it added that customers will be able to benefit from unlimited Wi-Fi at thousands of The Cloud and BT Openzone hotspots.

Everything Everywhere, which includes the T-Mobile and Orange brands, has confirmed that it will sell the original and new version of the iPad 2 and will reduce the price of the first version accordingly.

Apple has yet to confirm whether it will stock both versions of the iPad but this is unlikely as there would be too many stock keeping units (12 in all).

Neither Vodafone or Three have confirmed whether they will be offering the iPad 2 on contracts. The iPad 2 was launched yesterday by Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, in San Francisco and is a minor upgrade to the current version.

It does come with a better GPU and CPU, a thinner chassis, two cameras and iOS 4.3 but it keeps the same amount of onboard storage, the same screen and the memory apparently hasn't increased.