Just over a week to go now before the iPad 2 makes its way from Apple central to UK retailers, so the perfect time for retailers to announce their selling intentions for the new model and just as importantly, to clear out the old stock. Regarding the first of those points, Vodafone has announced it will be selling the iPad 2.Sadly, it's not really made clear much else. Will it be here on launch day? Will it be subsidised? Will you be able to buy the Apple tablet without a data contract? All will (hopefully) be revealed before that 25th March UK launch date. We suspect it will be available from the launch date. Not least, because Orange and T-Mobile are said to be offering it from the off. It makes sense.One network that will not be offering the iPad 2 is, perhaps surprisingly, O2. You can buy a micro-sim or a data deal from that network, but not the device itself.Can't wait until next week or just want a bargain? Well, according to TechRadar, T-Mobile has teamed up with group buying chain Groupon to offer an iPad for just £49. But it's not quite as wonderful as the headline price suggests.As you might have guessed, it's a first-generation iPad and you'll have to sign up for a data deal with T-Mobile. So you'll be stuck with your iPad on a 24-month contract, for £25 per month. That's a hefty outlay for a device that becomes out of date in a matter of days. Oh yes, if you are not an existing T-Mobile customer, that price rises to £27 per month.Still, it does make it a more affordable device for many. If you're interested, it's restricted to 1,000 customers, with the deal having gone live on www.groupon.co.uk at midnight. Also, you only have until midnight tonight to sign up, so get thinking about it. According to T-Mobile: 'Customers will be emailed a web sales number, which they will then need to call and quote the Groupon voucher code. The order will then be processed by T-Mobile and the iPad dispatched to the customer.'
Sounds like a great way of getting rid of all your old stock by T-Mobile. If people sign up for it, that is.