International iPad launch and pre-order dates. Exclusive Carriers?

Following on from our last story about delays of the much anticipated International launch of the iPad we have been informed that Apple will begin taking pre-orders for the device in some territories as early as the 10th of May.

This news is a little confusing though as pricing announcements for some territories are being reported by Gizmodo as slated for the end of May for Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. This is via Vodafone who will be the exclusive carrier for those countries.

We can only assume this means the pricing and availability of the 3G iPad. As it would seem unlikely that Vodafone would have any business selling the non-3G versions.

In the UK O2 is also saying it will offer iPad pricing for the end of May, and also so are Orange.

We can only presume that this will also mean that perhaps in those countries the devices will be subsidised and tied to contracts. Ultimately making them more expensive than buying them straight from Apple.

I have to say I am a little disappointed, confused and even somewhat sceptical of this news.

Will you still want an iPad if it’s tied to a contract with one of those telcos? I know I wouldn’t.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[Gizmodo]

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Stephen NorthcottInternational iPad launch and pre-order dates. Exclusive Carriers?

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