Vodafone announces iPad data plans

Meanwhile, Apple's iPhone 4 is likely to be in NZ by the end of the month.

Vodafone has announced its pricing for data plans designed specifically to work with Apple’s iPad, launching in New Zealand tomorrow. The iPad will be available in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G variations, with built-in storage of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.

Vodafone said in a media release this morning that it would offer data plans for the 3G models, ranging in price from $20 for 250MB to $50 for 3GB. The plans would be available on a month by month basis so users would not need to sign up to a lengthy contract period, Vodafone said.

The iPad has been available in the US since April 3 but Apple has stalled its New Zealand launch until now due to demand issues. The touchscreen tablet-device allows users to perform tasks including browsing the internet, read and send email, view photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games and read eBooks.

iPhone 4 on its way

Meanwhile, Apple is expected to release its troubled iPhone 4 in New Zealand on July 30. Apple has refused to confirm the launch date, but has said in previous media releases that it intends to launch the phone in New Zealand in late July.

The phone has suffered from reception issues overseas caused by users muffling the built-in antenna while holding the phone during calls. Apple attempted to correct the problem by providing US users with free protective “bumper” cases that stopped the antenna being muffled.

However, Apple spokesperson Fiona Martin refused to comment to PC World on whether Apple would provide the free protective cases with iPhone 4s sold in New Zealand.

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