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Looking For The Best UK Combined iPad 2 & iPhone 4 Bundle?

Orange unveiled a new bundle last week called Orange Connected which offered both the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 on a two year contract for £65 per month with a hefty initial outlay.

We had a look over at Three and found out that their bundle, even if it did not carry a name, beats Orange's by far, as it offers significantly more minutes, texts and data than the rest of the competition.

The 16GB iPhone 4 smartphone (opens in new tab) can be had for £35 per month with a £69 upfront cost, that's a total cost of ownership of £909 and includes 2000 minutes, 5000 texts, unlimited data, 5000 three-to-three minutes, free voicemail, a nice bumper and no-limit tethering.

The 16GB iPad 2 (opens in new tab) package includes 15GB and costs £25 a month on a two year contract with an upfront cost of £229, that's a total cost of ownership of £829.

In total, you'd be expecting to pay £1738 over a two year period should you buy the pair separately. However, you can choose to buy the Wi-Fi only iPad 2 on its own and use the iPhone 4 to provide the connectivity (as a hotspot), an option that will cut the price of the bundle to £1408.

Alternatively, Three gives a discount of £30 for existing customers but could open the floodgates by offering a similar deal to Orange's.

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.