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EE and Vodafone to offer iPad Air and iPad mini on 4G contracts

If you rather liked the look of the new iPad mini with Retina and iPad Air last night, listen up, because EE and Vodafone have confirmed that they will be selling both of the hotly-anticipated tablets on 4G contracts.

It means that both of the new iPads will come with the option of super-fast connectivity for speedy surfing and streaming on the move for UK customers. The devices will also be available on a cheaper 3G contract, but neither network has confirmed 3G or 4G price plans as of yet.

Suitors of the tablet will also be able to buy an iPad Air or iPad mini stripped of a mobile data option altogether, connecting to the Internet over Wi-Fi instead.

The devices were both announced at last night’s Apple launch event in San Francisco and will be on sale next month in time for the holiday season. You can check out our hands-on with the iPad Air here.

Three has already confirmed that it will be selling the new iPads to UK customers, and expect further announcements from our other major networks - who will be loathe to miss out on the latest Apple frenzy.

The slimmed down iPad air will hit UK stores on 1 November with a starting price of £399 for the 16GB model without 3G or 4G mobile data.

Its younger brother, the iPad mini, will go on sale later in the month and should cost from between £420 for the cheapest 16GB option, to a hefty £659 for the 128GB version.