Tariffs for the Apple iPad 2 have been revealed for Orange and Vodafone.
Orange customers who preregistered interest in Apple's second-gen tablet have received emails detailing that the 16GB iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/3G model) is available for £199 on £25/month, 24-month contracts. It's what partner network T-Mobile is offering - and on both, new customers pay more, at £229 upfront for the device and £27 a month for 24 months.
Meanwhile, Vodafone has officially announced its own tariffs: £199 at £24.50/month for existing Vodafone customers. New Vodafone customers are subject to the same cost as their T-Mob/Orange counterparts.
As Apple has strict controls on the pricing of its products, none of the networks will be offering a subsidised device, though there is definitely some variation in what you get for your money.
T-Mobile and Orange are offering 1GB anytime data, 1GB of quiet time data (that you can use from midnight to 4pm) and unlimited WiFi for that £25 a month price.
Meanwhile, Vodafone is offering 2GB of data and 1GB Wi-Fi allowance - which wouldn't allow a lot of movie downloads for instance, suggesting this might be a favourable option only if you're not after more than web, ebooks and apps.
If you're going to be in Central London on Friday, Orange is also giving away 10 iPad 2's. Catch? You need to show up to its Great Marlborough Street shop dressed as your favourite iPad app. The 10 best-dressed win an iPad 2. If you fancy yourself an Angry Bird or a candy-eating Cut The Rope monster, the exact address is 32 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JB.
Despite rumours of stock delay, the next-gen tablet will officially be available from 5pm Friday March 25 from the UK's two Apple Stores as well as operator shops. Alternatively, online pre-orders open at 1am Friday.