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Vodafone to offer dedicated iPad plans - how they could stack up

In a brief statement this morning, Vodafone New Zealand has said it "will offer dedicated iPad price plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G in the coming weeks".No more details were forthcoming today, but dedicated iPad plans already live across the Tas

Chris Keall
Mon, 05 Jul 2010

In a brief statement this morning, Vodafone New Zealand has said it "will offer dedicated iPad price plans for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G in the coming weeks".

No more details were forthcoming today, but dedicated iPad plans already live across the Tasman offer some indication of what may lie ahead for Vodafone NZ customers.

"Hopefully they'll be similar to Vodafone Australia. Those ones do look good," Vodafone NZ comms rep Matthew East told NBR.

NBR hopes so, but is not so sure. In Australia, Apple has three carriers, with all the extra competition inherent in that arrangement. Here, Vodafone is the sole official carrier.

Telstra and Optus drew howls when they unveiled their iPad 3G data plans, which offer 1GB for $A20 and 2GB for $A20 ($NZ24) respectively - at least from other handset makers who called the cut-rate data deals a case of Apple favouritism.

Vodafone Australia went one better, offering unlimited data for $A49 ($NZ58) a month.

There is some fine print (which, tellingly, a rep for Vodafone New Zealand was quick to point out). The unlimited plan’s terms and conditions forbid you from connecting to a peer-to-peer service (the likes of semi-legal and outright dodgy movie download services), and your iPad must be for personal use only.

Still, for any serious mobile user, it beats the pants off any deal available in NZ today (bar perhaps Vodafone's 3GB freebie for iPhone users, which seems forever extended for another month).

The iPad is due for New Zealand release in July.

Chris Keall
Mon, 05 Jul 2010
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