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9 May, 2010

'tis the night before the important pre-order

On Friday night, Apple released iPad pricing information on 9 selected countries including Australia, and stated that the iPads would be available on Friday 28th May. And people can start pre-ordering through Apple (online) Store from tomorrow.

In Australia, the prices are as following:
Wi-Fi models: 16 GB for A$629, 32 GB for A$ 759, 64 GB for A$879;
Wi-Fi + 3G models: 16 GB for A$799, 32 GB for A$ 928, 64 GB for A$1049.
Unlike USA, all rrp (recommended retail prices) are 10% GST (tax) inclusive.

Earlier today, Telstra announced a pretty good prepaid data plan designed for iPad. (to Don, despite much better coverage area and performance, Telstra is known to be expensive.)

In short, Telstra offers following prepaid plans,
$20 gives 1GB; $30 for 3GB; $60 for 6GB; $80 for 9GB and $100 for 12GB. All expires in 30 days. Many forum readers were impressed with the nice offer from Telstra. And those deals were better than any current mobile broadband prepaid or contract from Telstra.

Click here to pre-order your iPad on Apple Online Store (Australia).

Later today, there's a 'leaked' news about Optus' offering, outdoing Telstra's offer of course. Otpus' offering is $20 for 2GB, $30 for 3GB and $60 for 8GB month-to-month plan (i.e. no contract).

I don't have information about the data plans from Vodafone designed for iPad yet.

The important thing is to secure an iPad. As for the data plan, that can be shopped around.

To Don's dismay, Apple sells iPads unlocked; however, to cheer Don up, the iPad (Wi-Fi + 3G model) uses the newer technology - Micro SIM card. However, Don might be happier if the Micro SIM is deployed on Microsoft Windows Phone.

Don's advanced United States of America can get the iPad almost two months ahead of the rest of the world.

How can you let your iPad (or any gadgets) get scratched? You need invisibleSHIELD. InvisibleSHIELD is engineered from military grade patented material. It is extremely tough (against all scratches) that does not add bulkiness.

related blog entries:
invisibleSHIELD arrived today (7 May, 2010)
so I ordered (21 April, 2010)
I can wait (13 March, 2010)
iPad, the tablet from Apple (28 January, 2010)

Posted by Antony on 9 May 2010 8:40 PM | all things Mac, iPod/iPhone/iPad
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Why would I be happy if Micro-SIM gets rolled out on Windows phones? You've even acknowledged that I think Windows Mobile is a terrible OS.
Plus, I don't see the need for Micro-SIM, as all it seems to do is break backwards-compatibility with older phones. We haven't yet gotten to the point where phones are becoming too small to accommodate a regular-sized SIM card.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 10 May 2010 2:12 AM.
Easy. It is well known that you are into the latest cutting edge technology. It is without a doubt that Micro SIM is newer than SIM.
Microsoft is the brand name you won't hate without detailed evaluation. Perhaps not the Windows Mobile 6.x, but Windows Phone 7 would be your preferred choice.
Posted by Antony on 10 May 2010 6:31 AM.
I am into the latest cutting edge technology, yet have nothing newer than three (almost four) years old? That doesn't seem to make sense, what kind of cutting edge guy has lots of stuff made in the 90s?
Everybody saying that Windows Phone 7 is going to change things, but personally I don't like it at all. They fixed the problems they had with WM6.x, but made quite a few design changes that I don't like, especially in terms of backwards compatibility and programmability.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 10 May 2010 8:21 AM.
Of course, you are into the latest, and won't settle for second best.
Your operating system is the latest, same as the hardware. 'Latest' is without a doubt in your mind since one of the first things you said to me regarding my cheap smartphone is... it won't be the latest Windows Mobile for long.
Posted by Antony on 11 May 2010 12:59 PM.
What of my hardware is the "latest"? I seem to recall asking you to name one piece of hardware I own that was made after 2006, and you couldn't.
I only mentioned "latest" in regards to your smartphone since I know that you are the one into that, not me. Remember, my 11-year-old phone is running an OS that is around six major revisions out of date.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 11 May 2010 9:48 PM.
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