Europe left waiting for 3G iPad – Apple want to replace notebook/netbook

International users, including our good selves in Ireland and Europe will have to wait a little longer for the iPad 3G version, assuming that we get the WiFi version on time, that is.

Jobs announced at his keynote that Apple were working on international contracts with various networks to cover data plans and being able to use the internet on the go.

AT&T have already managed to bag the contract for the States, and many expect O2 to seal the deal on this side of the Atlantic, however with the iPhone recently being made available to Orange and Vodafone, it really could be anyone’s game.

Although the iPad 3G is going to come unlocked, and use new GSM micro SIMs, Apple are set to be beginning talks for various data plans. However the pads should work on WiFi alone and Jobs said that there was a ‘high probability’ that the devices would ‘just work’.

Internet on the move, but do we have to wait much longer for the privilege?

It would just be easier to buy the WiFi only version in this case, given that without a data plan, there would be little point in spending the extra few hundred and having what few features extra it offers without being able to take advantage of 3G’s mobile internet.

Apple seems to see the iPad, not as a device which is meant to fit in between your phone and your laptop, but instead to be a replacement for your laptop. Apple’s thinking could be that most laptops are vastly overpowered for what most people would use them for and netbooks are quite awkward and clumsy.

Most of the computer consumer market never really use the full potential of their computers – whereas the iPad will allow users to read papers, surf the web, view YouTube, write documents and listen to music without spending money on endless storage spaces and heavy(-er) notebooks and netbooks.

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4 Comments

    • WiFi version will work no problem, 3G version will have to wait for a data plan to be arranged with the networks for you to be able to surf outside of a hotspot.

      Even without a plan in place Irish consumers should be able to order both versions.

      It Hopefully won’t be like the iPhone all over again!

    • iPad should be coming to Dublin/Ireland in March for the WiFi version, WiFi and 3G version will be around June possibly, costs should vary. Basic version will be around €400, possibly less, with the 3G version being around €750 for the 64GB model which is the most expensive. We tend to get mobiles later then the UK, and Apple are still sorting out European networks for their 3G data plans, so on top of the €750 there’ll be monthly costs from the networks, joy!

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