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DSGi Gets iPad UK Exclusivity For 60 Days

UK Customers looking to buy an iPad from this Friday will have another outlet to go to.

DSGi, the parent company behind PC World, Currys and Dixons, has told the Times (opens in new tab) that it has secured a 60-days exclusivity period to sell the iPad through its 140 stores across UK.

As it stands, the iPad can only be pre-ordered from Apple's own stores and Best Buy will also be selling it in its only store in the UK.

DSGi will sell the device from 9am across all its stores while Apple stores will open its door from 8am.

A spokesperson for DSGi told the Register (opens in new tab) that "We can confirm that the information in The Times article is correct and Apple will be announcing their distribution plans in the next few days."

The iPad has sold more than one million units during the first month of operation and analysts expect up to eight millions to be sold by the end of the year. On Friday, it will go on sale in nine countries with a similar number getting the "magic" device in July.

We will be covering live the launch of the iPad from the flagship Regent Street Store in London and will try to grab for ourselves.

Désiré Athow
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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 ITProPortal.com 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.