We've unofficially known they'd offer it for a while; now Vodafone has issued its official statement — and pricing — for the new iPad. Vodafone may have lagged in terms of official statements, but it's the first telco to announce its plans for the new iPad. All of Vodafone's prices for the new iPad have no upfront cost; it's built into the monthly price, which starts at $47/month for a 16GB iPad with 2GB of data usage per month — that'd cost you $1,128 over the 24 month term. The same plan on a 12 month term has a minimum monthly spend of $76 (total $912); at the top tier a 12 month contract on a 64GB iPad with 18GB per month will cost you $133/month for a total of $1596. Full pricing is at Vodafone's iPad site.
The official statement is below:
Vodafone today announced it will offer the new iPad in Australia on Friday, March 16. Vodafone will offer iPad with a range of attractive data plans that will allow customers to connect to its new 850MHz 3G network, rolling out now.
The third generation iPad is a category defining mobile device that features a stunning new Retina display, Apple's new A5X chip with quad-core graphics and a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video. It also still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life* while remaining amazingly thin and light. The new iPad is world-ready, allowing users to connect to fast networks worldwide when they travel.
"We've almost completed the rollout of our new 850MHz network built specifically for devices like the new iPad. Also, when customers buy an iPad plan it’s backed by our new network guarantee to ensure customers are happy on our new network," said Noel Hamill, director of marketing and sales at Vodafone. "Vodafone customers can count on us to deliver competitive plans and great coverage so they can really explore the amazing new iPad and all it can do."