UK MOBILE OPERATOR O2 announced on Thursday that it will soon start selling both the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display, albeit nine months late.
O2 is pretty happy about the fact that it will soon start selling iPads, despite the fact that it is doing so nine months after its rivals. Previously, the mobile operator has offered only SIM-only deals for the Apple tablet.
Nina Bibby, marketing director at O2, said, "iPad continues to revolutionise the tablet market, giving people the ability to do even more on the go, and we're proud to be able to offer it to our customers."
O2 will offer both the iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display from 24 July, and it will offer both on its 4G network. Full pricing details are yet to be announced, but O2 has said that the Apple tablets will be available on its Refresh tariffs, offering from 500MB to 8GB of monthly data.
It has given us a glimpse at pricing, with O2 saying that those picking up an iPad Air with 5GB of data can expect to pay £33 a month with a £29.99 upfront cost, while those opting for the latest iPad Mini with Retina display will pay £31 a month and £19.99 upfront.
O2 Refresh consumer tariffs offer from 500MB to 8GB of data. Customers choosing 5GB of data, for instance, can get iPad Air 16GB for £33 per month with £29.99 upfront, while an iPad mini with Retina display 16GB will be £31 per month with £19.99 upfront.
Bibby added, "We're passionate about giving customers the best choice of mobile devices and, with O2 Refresh, the best way to buy them - no waiting to get a new device and lower bills when you stay with your current one.
"Our app TU Go also lets you make calls and send texts via iPad, so customers can get even more from their amazing technology."