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Official : Three Mobile Offers Best iPad 2 Package Yet

A quick comparison of the four UK mobile phone operators show that Three UK currently has the best iPad 2 contract in the country by giving users much more than what the competition is offering.

With O2 having ruled itself out of the market, all carriers chose to compete on features and data allowance rather than on price. This is why all of them offer the iPad 2 16GB at £229 for new customers and £199 for existing ones (for Orange, T-Mobile and Three UK).

T-Mobile (opens in new tab) has the worst iPad 2 package since you don't get Wi-Fi and still end up paying £25 per month for 1GB anytime + 1GB quiet time traffic. Orange (opens in new tab), which uses the same network and should in theory offer the same quality of service, includes 10GB BT Openzone Wi-Fi traffic for the same price.

Vodafone (opens in new tab), on the other hand, offers all its package from £27 a month with 2GB anytime data allowance and 1GB BT Openzone Wi-Fi; the operator offers specific iPad 2 deals for its customers but only instore.

They all do compare quite poorly with what Three UK offers though; at 15GB per month, the data allowance of the smallest mobile operator (opens in new tab) of the country is at least seven times more than its nearest competitor on pure 3G and even surpasses Orange's combined 12 GB 3G & Wi-Fi package.

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.