I don’t consider any of the daily or 7 day plans to be worth writing about so if you’re interested in them, go look them up. This is a comparison of the 30 day plans available from the 4 UK carriers who have announced support for the iPad 3G.
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|Carrier||Cost £||Data included||Notes|
|10||1 GB||and Cloud, BTOpenZone|
|15||3 GB||and Cloud, BTOpenZone|
|15||3 GB||and BTOpenZone|
|25||10 GB||and BTOpenZone|
So how do you choose which to buy?
The table above is sorted on Increasing Cost, Decreasing Data, Decreasing ‘additional’ benefits. You should be able to quickly discern which are the best plans.
If you want to keep your costs low, then look at the tariffs from Three. They’re certainly the cheapest and you get heaps of data inclusive.
If coverage matters then you should probably look at Orange as they have the widest coverage in the UK.
If you want fast access and tend to be around urban areas, then having ready access to BTOpenzone when you need it (and the Cloud I suppose), would mean O2 is a good option.
If you plan to travel with your iPad and can’t get a local SIM, Vodafone’s roaming rates are a fraction of the costs of other networks.