Orange launch Fanbois funpack – iPad and iPhone on a single contract

Orange have created the ultimate Apple Fanbois pack – an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 together in on package on a single contract.

For £99 upfront and £65 a month you get the following:orange-ipad-and-iphone

  • iPad 2 16GB
  • iPhone 4 16GB
  • 600 minutes
  • Unlimited texts
  • 2GB data shared across both devices
  • BT Openzone access for both devices

It’s worth mentioning that you can pay a higher upfront fee to get an iPhone or iPad with a larger memory if you prefer.

This does seem to be a cracking deal as you save around £230 on the upfront cost versus getting an iPad and iPhone individually form Orange.  That said you do pay £5 more per month.

You have to sign up to a 24 month contract so make sure you check your 3G coverage in your area before signing up.  24 months of poor 3G coverage will be a long and frustrating time!

Read more about the deal at Orange’s website.

iPad 2 3G? Try Mobile WiFi instead!

With the UK iPad 2 launch only seconds away the queues are forming in High Streets across the country.  But the biggest dilemma discussed in the office this week was whether to go for a 3G version or WiFi only?3 Mifi - Mobile Wifi

The 3G version will mean you can stay connected wherever you are just as long as you can get 3G coverage on your chosen network.  The downside is you have to pay more for the iPad 3G or tie yourself to a 24 month contract in return for a subsidised iPad on contract deal.

There is an alternative which increases your flexibility and can be better value – Mobile Wifi

Several operators sell Mobile Wifi devices such as 3’s MiFi, T-Mobile‘s Wireless Pointer and other Mobile Wifi modems from  Vodafone and Orange. Mobile Wifi is like a cross between a 3G mobile broadband dongle (those little USB gadgets that you plug into your laptop to get 3G internet access) and a wireless router (thing box that shares your broadband connection wirelessly around your home over WiFi). You effectively carry your own personal, 3G powered WiFi hotspot with you that you can connect to up to 5 WiFi devices such as Apple iPad’s, laptops, iPod Touch and so on.

Using a Mobile Wifi device means you can share your 3G connection with several devices at once whether you have your iPad with you or not. You can also test your usage on Pay as you go rather than sign up for a 2 year contract and find that your iPad rarely leaves the lounge.

I’ve got a 3 Mifi mobile wifi router and so far it has been excellent.  The coverage from 3 has been surprisingly good, way better than my O2 iphone coverage. Download speeds have seemed as fast as they are at home and the modem battery lasts for hours. The device is the size of a small mobile phone and looks good.

For £70 I got a pay as you go Mifi from 3 which included 3GB of data download which should last me a couple of months.  I then just top it up as I go or switch to a contract if I end up using it more regularly than I expect.

So you not only save £100 on the cost of an iPad 2, but you also have freedom to use your 3G connection with whichever Wifi devices you fancy and you can test it out on Pay as you go rather than sign up to a 24 month contract for something you may ultimately rarely use.

Check out Mobile Wifi with Three, Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile.

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iPad2 unveiled – is it really iPad V1.1?

Steve Jobs last night unveiled the iPad 2, the second generation of the gadget that introduced the tablet computer to the world.

Almost 15 million iPads have been sold around the world so the announcement of the iPad 2 was eagerly anticipated with daily alleged ‘leaks’ and stories from Elton John’s supposed informed slip that it would launch in March (although he probably just read’s the same tech blogs as the rest of us) to last week’s claims that iPad 2 production had been delayed by 2 months pushing launch into June.

Back in reality, the well-oiled Apple product and presentation machine announced the new iPad in March and first deliveries will hit stores on March 11 in the US and March 25 in 26 more countries, presumably including the UK. Pricing will match that of the current iPad.  Expect iPad on Contract deals to be announced by the UK mobile phone operators very soon.

So what’s new in iPad 2? Not as much as you might expect. It has the same display as before but an ‘all-new’ product design that’s 33% slimmer and 15% lighter.  There’s a new dual core A5 processor that delivers faster performance, with graphics rendered up to 9 times faster which should make gaming and movie editing much much slicker.  The iPad 2 also comes in white and black, although the back is still the lovely aluminium.

The rumoured, and much needed, cameras have been added with a VGA front facing camera for video calling via FaceTime and presumably Skype.  A rear facing camera captures ‘720p video’ which presumably makes it a roughly 3 megapixel camera.The video calling feature will delight many folk, mainly work away Dad’s and geo-divided families, but I have to say I rarely use it on my Mac so I’m less excited than some.  I’ve no idea what use the rear facing camera has so far – the iPad 2 is going to  be pretty unwieldy to use as a camcorder or for augmented reality Apps and games.  Answers on a postcard…

The other major design ‘change’ is the additional of an optional cover that doubles up as stand.  The jury is still out on this accessory.

Jobs waxed lyrical as ever, spinning the new second coming as he always does.  His use of language and reference to the copy cat tablets from Samsung and HP suggests the iPad 2 is really a defensive move, aimed at keeping half a step ahead of the competition rather than reinventing the iPad all over again.

“With more than 15 million iPads sold, iPad has defined an entirely new category of mobile devices,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “While others have been scrambling to copy the first generation iPad, we’re launching iPad 2, which moves the bar far ahead of the competition and will likely cause them to go back to the drawing boards yet again.”

So the iPad 2 will undoubtedly be a huge success and it is an improvement, but you should view this as a smaller step like the difference between the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 3G.  Expect more innovation in the inevitable iPad 3 this time next year.

Oh, and if you’re not bothered about cameras, a little bloatedness and the need to run video heavy Apps why not buy the iPad 1 when prices are slashed by retailers over the next few weeks!

Discounted iPads? Is the new iPad 2 on it’s way?

Curry’s are offering up to £50 off an iPad in a special offer that ends tomorrow (Thursday 9th February). All you need to do is use one of the following discount codes when making a purchase from the Curry’s store:

Code:

Discount:

Expires:

IPAD5

5% off all iPads + Free Delivery

Thursday 10 February at 23:59

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IPAD7

7% off all iPads over £612 + Free Delivery

Thursday 10 February at 23:59

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iPad DiscountIt’s very rare to see discounts on Apple’s hottest products so perhaps Curry’s are starting to try and shift their stock ahead of the launch of the iPad 2 rumoured for April but which could be announced as soon as March.

Similar discounts have cropped up on the iPhone a month or two before the new version is announced as the retailers try and shift their stock our of the warehouse to make room for the latest Jobsian creation.

As the rumour mill continues to churn out iPad 2 predictions. Elton John has allegedly let slip that the iPad 2 will come out in April, although goodness knows why he’d have the inside track on such highly secret tech news!  I can’t imagine Mr Jobs confiding the latest high profile launch date to a celebrity.

One things for sure, there’s only one iPad available for now so if you want a little piece of tablet heaven you’ll have to buy the iPad (1).

Compare iPad on Contract deals with Orange, 3 and T-Mobile.