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Mobile broadband provider 3 has launched a new range of broadband deals for consumers purchasing an Apple iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G.

The internet service provider (ISP) has taken the action to increase customer choice when taking out a fixed contract data service plan on the tablet, and also introduced additional SIM-only tariffs.

For consumers signing up on a contracted basis, the iPad will be priced at £25 per month for 15GB plus a one-off upfront cost.

Consumers have the choice between an iPad Wi-Fi + 3G 16GB for £199, a 32GB option for £249 or a 64GB iPad at £349, should they wish to spread out the cost of the tablet.

UK consumers also have the option of buying their iPad outright from 3 and pair it with a SIM-only tariff, with prices starting from £529.

On 3's one-month rolling Micro-SIM contracts, 1GB of data costs £7.50 per month and 10GB is available for £15.

Meanwhile, pay-as-you-go customers can purchase 1GB of data for 30 days for £10, or 3GB for £20, depending on how often they expect to use the internet via their iPad.

Marc Allera, Sales and Marketing Director at 3, said the ISP was "delighted" to launch new pricing options for the iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G, in addition to its SIM-only plans for the tablet.

"Our network is the largest 3G network in the country and came first in the two most recent YouGov surveys of mobile broadband customers - ensuring our customers enjoy the very best mobile performance on iPad," he stated.

According to 3, the iPad allows users to connect with their applications and content in "a more intimate, intuitive and fun way" than ever before.

The ISP explained that users can browse the internet, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read e-books and much more while on the move, using the touch-screen device.

"iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G models are just 0.5 inches thick and weigh just 1.6 pounds — thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook," 3 noted.

"They deliver up to ten hours of battery life for surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching videos or listening to music, and up to nine hours of surfing the web using a 3G data network." 

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