The smallest independent mobile phone operator, 3 UK, has announced that it will be selling the iPad on subsidised contracts.
The statement, which comes days after a similar announcement by Orange and T-Mobile, says that "it will offer new purchase options for iPad users, including more affordable prices when purchased with a data service plan, for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G models in the coming months."
Everything Everywhere, the combined entity formed by the merger of T-Mobile and Orange, said that the iPad could go on sale for as little as £200 when bought with a two year contract.
Our own independent calculations show that it is perfectly possible for vendors to sell the cheapest model with a 1GB monthly data allowance starting from £15 per month.
O2 and Vodafone are likely to be joining the fray by announcing their own subsidised iPad contract over the next few weeks as consumers look for cheaper ways to get their hands on the Apple tablet.
As expected, 3 UK mentioned that only the Wi-Fi + 3G models will be covered by the soon-to-be-introduced data plans.
We've noticed lately that the number of Apple iPad related deals has risen dramatically with the likes of TJHughes and Viking Direct selling the device for under £400.