I recently received an email from Three UK confirming that they are now offering the Apple iPad, therefore I thought some readers would appreciate seeing how their pricing and data plans compare to Orange’s.
Choosing the right data plan can save you a lot of money and give you a lot of extra data over a 24-month contract, therefore this article is well-worth reading buying for any prospective iPad buyers.
Let’s start with Three’s pricing, you can get the 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G for £199, the 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G for £249 and the 64GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G for £349, all of these prices require a 24-month contract costing you £25 (monthly) for up to 15GB of usage, if you go over your allowance you will be charge 10p for every MB used.
As for Orange the 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G costs £199, the 32GB version costs £249 and the 64GB model costs £349, all of these prices require a 24-month contract costing you £27 (monthly), in terms of data you get 1GB of anytime, 1GB quiet time + unlimited BT Openzone, the Openzone access is restricted to a 3GB fair usage policy applies. Orange do not obviously state how much you will be charged for going over your usage allowance.
Below we have embedded an image showing the total cost of the different iPad models from both carriers, also we have included the total amount of data you can use over the two-years without going over your allowance.
As you can see Three are cheaper and give you 3 times as much data allowance, also you have to remember that the 5GB per month you get from Orange takes into account BT Openzone access, therefore in terms of true mobile data you only get 48GB of usage. Note: If you are an existing Orange customer you can save £2 per month, meaning the prices are identical to Three.
Have you ordered your iPad from Three?