update Mobile carrier VHA today revealed it would offer dedicated iPad pricing plans for all of the models of Apple’s new tablet from the end of May in Australia on both its 3 and Vodafone brands, in a statement later echoed by Telstra and Optus.
The news echoed a global statement from Vodafone overnight about the release of iPad plans, but neither Optus, Telstra nor VHA included any further information about whether they would actually sell the iPad locally or what sort of pricing structure would make up the plans.
The news comes as Apple overnight delayed the launch of the hotly anticipated iPad outside of its home country of the US (including Australia) due to higher than predicted demand.
The device had previously been slated to launch in Australia in late April, but will now go on sale at the end of May.
“We will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders on Monday, May 10. We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason—the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far,” said Apple.
“Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad,” Apple’s statement said. “We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.”
Information about how the iPad will launch in Australia remains extremely scarce so far, with today’s revelation being the first release of any information at all — no matter how limited — on how carriers plan to tackle the device, mirroring the situation that occurred before the iPhone launched in Australia almost two years ago.
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