Orange has announced that it will sell the new iPad tablet form this Friday on its 3G and 3.5G network with speeds "up to 50 per cent faster than previously available" according to the mobile phone operator.
Customers will be able to buy the new iPad from high street stores, telesales and online (this is the link where you can register your interest). Orange will offer the possibility to get the new iPad either on its own or with a choice of iPhone (3GS, 4 and 4S).
When purchased alone, you get monthly allowance of 1GB anytime data, 1GB quiet time data (between midnight and 4PM) plus unlimited BT Openzone WiFi (which is actually limited to 10GB per month) for £25 per month.
Existing customers pay £199, £249 and £349 respectively for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models while new ones will fork out £229, £279 and £379.
As for the connected plans, a single £66 monthly contract is available with 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 2GB of data to share across the iPhone and the new iPad and unlimited/10GB Openzone WiFi allowance.
Orange has not confirmed whether they will be selling the tablet on PAYG or how much the iPad 2 will now cost on contract.
Three also announced its iPad package, one which offers a 21Mbps speed and costs £25 per month with a £159 upfront cost and 15GB data.
We will be running a live blog for the launch of the iPad 3 tomorrow covering the latest stock updates and price checks acorss the country and from more than 30 retailers nationwide.