Voda goes toe-to-toe with Orange in Xmas iPad battle

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Vodafone set to join Orange and T-Mobile in offering heavily subsidised Apple gadget to customers in time for Christmas

Vodafone is expected to make available the Apple iPad at a subsidised price on a long-term contract ahead of Christmas.

It follows confirmation this week from Everything Everywhere that it will subsidise the device on contract for Christmas shoppers, on both its Orange and T-Mobile network brands.

Vodafone declined to comment, but it is expected the iPad wwill be offered for around £200 on 18 or 14 month contracts, as Everything Everywhere is anticipated to offer it for.

Everything Everywhere is yet to confirm pricing.

The 16GB device is available for £529 from Apple stores; the 32GB version is available for £599 and the 64GB version for £699.

Meanwhile, O2 counted itself out of a price war on the iPad. It said its iPad focus remains to make available data tariffs for iPad users purchasing the hardware elsewhere.

An O2 spokesperson said: “Although we will not be selling the iPad with subsidy, O2 micro-SIMs with our great value iPad tariffs are still available for customers who have purchased the device elsewhere.”

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