The Apple online pre-order pages went online slightly early, as Apple had originally announced it would begin taking orders on Monday, May 10, in preparation for a May 28 launch. The international launch was previously delayed from a scheduled late April debut due to stronger than expected demand in the U.S.
Countries that are available to take Pre-orders on Apples Online Store are Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and France. It will also launch in Canada and Japan on May 28, but as of Sunday evening those nations’ sites was not accepting orders.
Several major network operators in the UK have released details about data price plans for the 3G version of the iPad, which will allow people to surf the internet over the mobile phone network. O2 will charge users £10 per month for 1GB of data use, £15 per month for 3GB of data use, or £2 per day for up to 500MB of data use. Orange will charge £2 per day for up to 200MB of data use, £7.50 per week for up to 1GB of data, £15 per month for up to 3GB of data use, or £25 per month for up to 10GB of data. Vodafone is charging customers £10 for up to 250MB of data per month, or £25 per month for up to 5GB of data use.
Apple is doing the wise thing and releasing the iPad in many different countries at the same time to boost its iPad global presence. It has already sold more than one million units in the US alone in 28 days and should very easily reach the 12 million units sold by the end of the year.