Apple iPad Pricing announcement Apple has announced that its iPad tablet computer will go on sale in nine countries outside the US on 28 May. The consumer gadget was launched in the US domestic market on 3 April, but Apple had to delay deliveries to international consumers. Apple says that since the device went on sale it has already sold more than 1m iPads in the US. In the UK, the device will range in price from £429 for the entry-level model, to £699 for the maximum capacity 64GB model, which also has built-in access to third-generation (3G) mobile networks. IPAD PRICES 32GB, wifi only - £499 inc vat 64GB, wifi only - £599 inc vat 16GB, wifi/3G - £529 inc vat 32GB, wifi/3G - £599 inc vat 64GB,wifi/3G - £699 inc vat Customers will be able to pre-order the device in the different markets from 10 May. O2, Orange and Vodafone will all be offering mobile data plans for UK consumers who buy the 3G- enabled iPad. You’ve had a look at the iPad prices and you’ve done your sums. You can just about afford the 3G version, but only if the data plans aren’t too expensive. If only one of the networks would release the details, you’d be able to relax. Well, you’re in luck because Orange has done exactly that. And the prices don’t look to bad. There are four options available: Pay as you Go, daily, weekly and monthly. With the PAYG option, each MB will cost 5p up to a maximum of £40 in a month (so 800MB in total). This will appeal to users who will only use their iPad for emails or a bit of light surfing when out and about. Next up is the daily option at £2 for up to 200MB worth of data for you to use before midnight, this can be bought on an ad-hoc basis. The weekly option takes this limited data plan a bit further -£7.50 for 1GB’s worth of data. It might be an idea to try out these plans before deciding whether you need to opt for the final option – the monthly plans. Orange has put two packages in place – Monthly 15 and Monthly 25, naturally costing £15 and £25 per month respectively. The major difference between them is either 3GB limit or 10GB limit, both also grant access to unlimited WiFi when away from home via BT’s Openzone – subject the dreaded fair usage rules, obviously. Remember, these limits are simply for 3G plans, you can still hammer your WiFi plan for all that it’s worth. No word from O2 or Vodafone as of yet about their plans. Many other companies, including Dell, Nokia and Toshiba, are planning to release tablet computers in 2010.