Updated: Telstra, Vodafone and 3 to launch iPad plans

Updated: Telstra, Vodafone and 3 to launch iPad plans

Optus also joins the telco list as Apple fans wait for the device till late May due to high demand in the US

Vodafone, 3 Mobile and Telstra have announced their intentions to provide dedicated Apple iPad pricing plans in the Australian market.

Optus also confirmed it will offer plans for all 3G-enabled iPad models from the end of May.

However, none of the carriers have divulged further information about the pricing structure.

Local Apple fans will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the highly anticipated iPad due to the computer giant’s decision to delay its international release.

The Australian public isn’t expected to see the device in stores until late May, but Apple will take international pre-orders on May 10. In a US statement, the vendor said it faced surprisingly strong demand and made the decision to postpone its international release.

Local Apple representatives didn’t provide any further details on the delay or local pricing.

“Although we have delivered more than 500,000 iPads during its first week, demand is far higher than we predicted and will likely continue to exceed our supply over the next several weeks as more people see and touch an iPad,” the statement read. “We have also taken a large number of pre-orders for iPad 3G models for delivery by the end of April.

“We know that many international customers waiting to buy an iPad will be disappointed by this news, but we hope they will be pleased to learn the reason – the iPad is a runaway success in the US thus far.”

Apple head, Steve Jobs, announced the iPad in January. The device, was slated to be released in Australia in late April. The local release will include both 3G and Wi-Fi models.

Apple’s announcement continues to leave resellers with few details about the product, which many believe will become a major drive for the tablet market.

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