The nation’s biggest telco Telstra has confirmed it won’t directly sell the iPad when it launched in Australia on 28 May — but it will offer pre-paid mobile broadband plans designed specifically for Apple’s iconic tablet device.
A Telstra spokesperson confirmed the big T wouldn’t offer the iPad, after the telco issued a statement detailing its pre-paid mobile plans. Late on Friday night, Apple revealed it would start taking online Australian iPad pre-orders tomorrow (Monday 10 May) in preparation for its Australian launch day of 28 May.
Apple said the iPad would be sold through its own retail outlets as well as its Australian website select Apple Authorised Resellers.
Telstra will offer a pre-paid SIM card specifically for the iPad for $30, which will include 1GB of data, with a further bonus of 2GB of data for customers that activate their Telstra iPad SIM by 30 June. The company noted the iPad could operate on the same 850MHz band as Telstra’s Next G network.
“Telstra’s pricing for iPad 3G gives customers control and flexibility to access the Internet on-the-go while connected to the Telstra Next GTM network,” said Ross Fielding, executive director, Telstra Mobility Products. “Telstra is providing Australians the ability to enjoy 3G on iPad in more places than on any other network.”
Neither Optus nor VHA (which operates the 3 and Vodafone brands) have yet revealed whether they will offer the iPad in Australia, although both are planning to offer customised iPad plans as Telstra is.
Apple said on Friday that the iPad models without 3G mobile access will sell in Australia for a recommended retail price in Australian dollars and including GST of $629, $759 and $879 for the models with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of storage space respectively. The 3G models will go for $799, $928 and $1049 for the models with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB of storage space respectively.
Image credit: Delimiter screenshot of Telstra email