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Three UK To Stock Apple iPad 2 Tablet

The smallest national mobile phone operator, 3 UK, has announced today that it will be offering the 3G version of the iPad 2 as well as dedicated data plans for the tablet in the coming weeks.

All mobile phone carriers, with the notable exception of O2, have now confirmed that they will be shipping the iPad 2. We've asked Virgin Mobile if they plan to do it but have yet to receive an answer.

The new iPad 2 has some notable improvements compared to the previous iPad; a faster processor, better graphics, a much thinner form factor, lighter overall, twice the memory, two cameras and a gyroscope.

Most importantly though, Apple has not changed the price of the iPad 2. Three UK however is selling the older version of the Apple iPad for as little as £20 per month on a two year contract with a £99 upfront cost.

You get 15GB monthly data allowance and a total cost of ownership of £579 only, which is only £150 more than the price of the 16GB 3G version of the tablet on its own.

This means that the pay monthly price for the 15GB package is a mere £6.25; this compared (opens in new tab) very well with the monthly £16 that 3 UK will charge for the plan by its own.

Désiré Athow
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 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.