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Orange Releases iPad Data Plan Details

Mobile network operator Orange has published details about the data plans of the iPad for customers in UK, France, Spain and Switzerland with more to come by the end of the year.

Orange will offer 3G plans for the iPad starting from the 10th of May with pre-registration for the SIM card available here (opens in new tab). Customers will be able to choose between, PAYG, daily, weekly and monthly data plans.

The most straight forward offer is the most expensive as well; orange will charge 5p per MB consumed, which translates into a £50 per GB package, seven times more expensive than the cheapest data package on the market.

Orange however has put an upper limit of £40 per month to the maximum cost incurred. Additional data used beyond the bundle allowance will carry an additional 5p per MB.

The iPad daily package will cost £2 and give up to 200MB UK data allowance (that's 1p per MB) while the iPad weekly bundle will offer 1GB data quota for £7.50 (that's 0.075 per GB).

iPad Monthly 15 will cost £15 and give 3GB data allowance with an additional 750MB WiFi while iPad Monthly 25 ups the usage allowance to 10GB for £25 per month.

The France-telecom owned network has not said whether it will be selling a subsidised version of the iPad like it did for the iPhone.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.