Three UK to Stock IPad on Contract in time for Christmas

Three have announced that they are to stock the current range of iPads on contract.  To me this is an interesting move that makes it more affordable for individuals to pay for an iPad over a period of 24 months.  Now before you say but contracts are more expensive, look at the stats below.

Here’s an example of how it’s not necessarily more expensive. I have an iPad Wifi 3G 32GB and paid the original price of £599 and have the 3 data contract at £15. Across 24 months the total cost of this would be: £959. For the same device on contract £249 and data contract £25. Across 24 months the total cost would be £849.

As you can see the option I have now is actually more expensive.  Ignore the fact that there’s 15GB vs 10gb data in the mix and it seems to me that it’d be cheaper to sell my ipad and move to contract.  However in my case I know that there’s a new iPad due out next year so if I want to get the latest & greatest maybe I should stick to what I’m doing right now as the details below are for the current iPad and not the new one.  There is no news yet on whether Three will get the new one on contract yet.

To buy the iPad on 24 month contract  with Three costs:

Model Upfront cost Tariff
iPad WiFi + 3G 16GB £199 •          15GB for £25 a month 24 month.
iPad WiFi + 3G 32GB £249
iPad WiFi + 3G 64GB £349

Alternatively customers can buy their iPad outright from Three and pair it with whichever of Three’s micro-SIM only tariffs suit them:

Model Upfront Cost Tariff
iPad WiFi + 3G 16GB £529 One month rolling contract:

•          1GB per month – £7.50

•          10GB per month – £15

Pay As You Go:

•          1GB for 30 days – £10

  • 3GB for 30 days – £20
iPad WiFi + 3G 32GB £599
iPad WiFi + 3G 64GB £699

So here’s the dilemma if you’re in the market for an iPad do you go with the Christmas Contract offer from Three, buy one independently and a seperate contract (now the most expensive way of buying an iPad & contract) or wait for the next iPad?

About Sarah Lamb

Sarah is a freelance writer with a masters degree in Computer Science. Sarah writes about innovation, technology and social media. She has a keen interest in gender diversity with the IT sector and founded Girl Geek Dinners in 2005