iPad pre-orders begin

Xavier Verhoeven
10 May, 2010
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Apple has flicked the switch on its Australian website this morning, allowing eager Aussies to finally pre-order their very own ‘magical’ iPad.

Just go to the online Apple Store and you can choose from 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + 3G flavours.

Given that the device has been selling extremely fast in the US, pre-ordering for delivery by 28 May might be the best option for Apple fanatics. There is no option to reserve the iPad for pick up at an Apple Store.

As previously announced, Australian pricing begins at $629 for the base 16GB Wi-Fi model and reaches $1049 for the highest-end 64GB Wi-Fi + 3G iPad.

Interestingly, the Apple website links to information regarding 3G data plans from Optus, Telstra, Three, and Vodafone, but none of these pages are yet live. Early information on some plans from Telstra and Optus has previously been announced, but full details are not yet available. Most interestingly, the page on the Apple site explains: “A number of carriers offer no-contract data plans for iPad, and you can activate 3G service anytime after installing the micro-SIM card; some plans can even be activated right on the iPad.”

The site also explains how to set up 3G for your iPad:

  1. Purchase your iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G.
  2. Get a micro-SIM card either from Apple or from a carrier offering iPad data plans; you’ll select your data plan later.
  3. Install your micro-SIM card.
  4. Use the on-device activation process (where available) or contact your wireless carrier for activation details.

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