Orange has confirmed via an email sent to those who registered for iPad 2 updates that it will not be increasing the price of the iPad 2 contract price.
The mobile phone operator, which is part of Everything Everywhere with T-Mobile, confirmed that existing customers will pay only £199 for the 16GB 3G version of the iPad with a monthly outlay of only £25 per month on a two year contract.
The deal includes (opens in new tab) 1GB anytime, 1GB quiet time (between 1200 and 0400) and 10GB BT Openzone Wi-Fi access. If Orange sticks to the current setup, non-Orange customers can expect to pay £27 for the same monthly package.
Orange says that existing customers cannot "purchase another product online to benefit from the existing customer iPad pricing. This must be done at an Orange retail store" as the verification apparently necessitates getting a proof of address (utility bill), a form of ID and a debit or credit card.
The iPad 2 will be launched in the UK tomorrow from 5PM, a decision that has angered a number of Apple partners who have complained that they will have to cram a whole day of business into just a few hours.
It could also put them at a disadvantage compared to online stores (like Misco or Amazon) and Apple's own stores; the Covent Garden one for example closes at 9pm every day excluding Sunday and unlike third party stores, an iPad 2 purchased there comes with a free bundled service.