Optus updates iPad 2 plans

Optus increases expiry times on various prepaid iPad plans, and introduces new iPad starter kit

Optus has updated its micro SIM 3G data plans for the iPad, as Apple's latest iPad 2 hits stores in Australia this afternoon.

Read our comprehensive iPad review and our iPad 2 preview, and check out our iPad 2 resource centre for all you need to know about Apple's latest tablet.

Optus will continue to offer both prepaid as well as BYO month-to-month iPad 2 data plans, but has increased expiry dates on many of its prepaid plans, and has also introduced a new $0 SIM starter kit. The $0 SIM starter kit includes 500MB of data with a 20-day expiry, and is sold through stores including Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, Apple, David Jones, and Myer.

Optus prepaid recharges for the iPad start $15 for 300MB of data with a 15-day expiry and range up to $130 for 15GB of data with an expiry of 12 months. Other prepaid Optus options include $20 (1GB/30 day expiry), $30 (4GB/30 day expiry), $40 (5GB/60 day expiry), $50 ($6GB/60 day expiry), $70 (7GB/3 month expiry), $80 (8GB/6 month expiry), and $100 (10GB/6 month expiry).

Optus also offers three month-to-month plans with no contract — 2GB for $20, 4GB for $30, and 8GB for $60.

Apple's hotly anticipated iPad 2 will launched today at 5pm in Australia, with prices starting at $579 for the entry level 16GB Wi-Fi version.

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