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International iPad Ship Dates and Prices Announced

by Doug McLean and Glenn Fleishman

Apple has announced that the iPad will officially be available [1] in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK on 28 May 2010. Customers will be able to buy it through the online Apple Store, Apple retail stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers; online pre-orders will be accepted as of 10 May 2010.

Apple also said that the iPad will be released in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore in July 2010.

Apple appears to be keeping its markup low over U.S. prices, which is rare. But given that the iPad can be used worldwide, and that the 3G flavor is unlocked and may be used with any GSM carrier, Apple may be trying to avoid the lightweight iPad being purchased in large quantities in the United States and sold overseas. In most cases, the price differences between countries are less than surface shipping costs.

Device Costs -- Apple revealed iPad pricing for some countries in its press releases. We've pieced together prices in other countries from press reports. Prices below are for the Wi-Fi iPad in 16, 32, and 64 GB versions, followed by the 3G iPad in the same capacities.

While these prices may seem like steep markups over the $499 to $829 range of iPad pricing in the United States, U.S. prices don't include mandatory national taxes. Some U.S. states have sales tax approaching 10 percent, and Apple charges sales tax in every state in which tax is collected. Non-U.S. iPad pricing, once tax is removed from the price, appears to have a 5 to 8 percent markup over base street prices in the United States.

Service Plans -- The plans announced by most carriers outside the United States should make Americans glad to have AT&T to kick around, for once. Very few carriers are providing anything like unlimited monthly service; several offer a data cap after which service is throttled to 64 Kbps, but no additional charges accrue.

One or more carriers in every country but Australia and Switzerland have provided plan details. Several transnational carriers, like O2, Orange, and Vodafone, have different offerings in each country in which they provide service.

Only Softbank in Japan offers a contract-based service as an option; all other plans are one-time only (typically for day or week use), or recurring billing until canceled with no penalty.

In the United Kingdom, three carriers are providing iPad plans, all of them offering many options with lots of provisos: