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The Ultimate UK Apple iPad 3G Data Plans : 6 Networks, 39 Plans

The countdown for the official launch of the iPad has already started and the first device will be available on Friday the 28th of May nationwide. Unlike the iPhone, iPad users will have to look for the best data packages by themselves.

Apple currently carries three official mobile network operators on its website (opens in new tab) but if you're happy to hop around and do a bit of DIY, you could significantly reduce your monthly data costs.

Since you don't need a PAC code or any phone number to transfer your number, this means that it will be easier to unceremoniously dump any non-performing networks overnight.

In the table, we have compared offerings from the six main network operators; O2, Orange, Vodafone, Virgin Media, 3 UK and T-Mobile with the first three being the only ones currently offering microSIM.

You've got a much larger choice should you choose to take on the easy task of cutting your way through your SIM card with a sharp knife and a pair of scissors; more here.

Unfortunately, Google Apps is not allowing us to share the spreadsheet so instead, please find the table as a graphics below

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.