Apple Delays International iPad

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has delayed the international launch of the iPad until the end of May, and Vodafone and O2 have announced that they will offer dedicated price plans for the device.

Apple said it had to delay the international launch because of higher than expected demand in the US. The company said it has delivered more than 500,000 of the WiFi-only iPads during the first week that it went on sale. The vendor said that it has also taken "a large number" of pre-orders for the 3G iPad, which is due to be available in the US at the end of April.

Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) announced today that it will offer dedicated price plans for all models of the iPad from the end of May in in Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK. But the carrier did not release any more details today.

A Vodafone spokeswoman said the deal with Apple is not exclusive.

Indeed, Telefónica UK Ltd. also said it would offer iPad price plans from the end of May in the UK.

Apple says it will announce international pricing and begin taking online pre-orders for the iPad on Monday, May 10.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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