Is Apple Set To Sell iPad 2 Direct In OZ As Carriers Stay Silent

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Broadband and data providers in Australia are at this stage not saying when or if they will launch the new Apple iPad with speculation mounting that the new iPad 2 may only be sold via Apple shops initally.

Carriers in Australia are at this stage not saying when or if they will launch the new Apple iPad with speculation mounting that the new iPad 2 may only be sold via Apple shops initally.

All that Telstra said via an official spoksperson was “We’re delighted to confirm that Telstra will support this new Apple iPad on our Next G network when it arrives in Australia. The original iPad was a huge hit with our customers and exceeded all sales expectations — today more than 100,000 of these touch-screen devices are connected to the Next G network”.

The statement did not say whether they have approval to sell the device.

It did say “We know our customers are going to love iPad 2 which will help them take a world of entertainment and information which them on the go.  And teaming it with Australia’s largest and fastest national mobile broadband network will allow people to enjoy the benefits of fast, reliable internet connectivity in more places”

Telstra did say that customers will be able to connect their iPads to the Next G network via Telstra’s existing Pre-Paid plans for Apple iPad.

A Vofafone executive said that they had current plans to a make a statement re the Apple iPad 2. Optus took a similar stance.

In the past Carriers have fallen over themselves to make announcements around an Apple product.

Apple Australia is also refusing to comment on pricing or availability.

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