Someone at Europe's largest consumer electronics retailer, Media Markt, published a tweet on their Twitter account that said that the Apple iPad would be available from the company from the 1st of March for 499 Euros with a T-Mobile contract.
The price without contract would be 899 Euros and the tweet was subsequently deleted quickly much to the chagrin of their 600 or so Twitter followers. At around £800 on its own, the iPad would be significantly more expensive than a stand alone iPhone or iPod Touch.
Sine are saying that the leak was deliberate to evaluate how well the new iPad device would be received in Europe's largest market.
It would have been interesting to find out what the T-Mobile would entail. Would it have been a data-only contract or a hybrid-one with the possibility of combining voice with data.
The tweet did mention the T-Mobile Complete L package though which costs 120 Euros with unlimited minutes, unlimited internet, 3000 SMS and 100 MMS with a free iPhone thrown in.
The news come as a survey carried out by Onepoll for Vouchercodes.co.uk found out that although half of Britain would consider buying an Apple iPad tablet, two thirds would only buy it if it was £250 or less.
At £400 for the device alone with a long contract, it is unlikely to be of a massive appeal to the rest of us. The tablet is a genuinely interesting product but we still stick to what we said earlier more than a year ago in an article that dissected the pros and cons of Apple launching tablet.