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With Friday's launch of the iPad in nine new countries set for Friday, Apple and others are making preparations for the big day. On Apple's front, the company has announced that its retail stores in the launch countries will be opening at 8:00 AM to accommodate the expected crowds looking to get their hands on the company's tablet device. Eight of the nine countries seeing iPad launches on Friday have Apple-owned retail stores, with Spain being the only exception.

In the UK, a report from Times Online indicates that 139 retail stores owned by DSGi, including Currys, PC World, and Dixons Travel, will also be offering the iPad at launch.
The retailer is thought to have a 60-day exclusive window in selling the device outside Apple stores, although rumours abound that it may also be available in Best Buy’s mega-store in Thurrock. Best Buy is already selling the iPad in the US.
Meanwhile, UK wireless carrier 3 has announced two monthly recurring iPad 3G service plans priced at £7.50 (1 GB) and £15.00 (10 GB). Orange and O2 released UK data pricing earlier this month.

Numerous MacRumors who pre-ordered iPads in the nine new launch countries have reported over the past few days that their orders have shipped and are expected to be delivered on time.

Article Link: International iPad Launch Details: Apple Stores Opening Early, UK Third-Party Retailers, UK 3G Service From 3
 

brewno

macrumors 6502
Jun 8, 2007
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Montreal, Canada
I pre-ordered mine, but it will not be delivered till like June 8th so I'll wake up early on the 28th and try my luck at the store...and just cancel my pre-order there.
 
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jayhawk11

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Oct 19, 2007
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I still wish that I could use mine with T-Mobile here in the states. I know it's unlocked, but using it on EDGE-only is a deal breaker.
 
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afd

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Apr 12, 2005
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Scotland
Seems a bit rubbish that shops that do a good job of selling apple stuff, John Lewis or Cancom get ignored for 60 days. I'd think twice before buying a windows machine from the dixons group, let alone a mac.
 
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MecPro

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Mar 6, 2009
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London
Amazing deal from 3, makes me laugh that Voda, Orange and 02 are offering 3GB for £15...****ing joke
 
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nednarm

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Apr 26, 2010
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U.K
the 3 3g prices look pretty good, much better than the other main competitors anyway.
 
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iigsie

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Nov 17, 2007
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currys, pc world and dixons are owned by the same company

yep, all owned by DSGi as the article says


Seems a bit rubbish that shops that do a good job of selling apple stuff, John Lewis or Cancom get ignored for 60 days. I'd think twice before buying a windows machine from the dixons group, let alone a mac.

I'd think twice about buying anything from Dixons. Expensive prices & clueless and annoying staff.

Amazing deal from 3, makes me laugh that Voda, Orange and 02 are offering 3GB for £15...****ing joke

I've got a 3 mifi thingie and it's generally much faster than 02, and much better signal. Only issue is there is virtually no coverage outside built up areas.
 
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kernkraft

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Jun 25, 2009
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Seems a bit rubbish that shops that do a good job of selling apple stuff, John Lewis or Cancom get ignored for 60 days. I'd think twice before buying a windows machine from the dixons group, let alone a mac.

I agree. I purchased a few things from Dixons before they got sold; but Currys, PC World and Comet - no way!

The only place - other than Apple - where I would buy an Apple product is John Lewis (outside London, that is). When is the second-gen coming to the UK?
 
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feri

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Apr 29, 2008
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The only problem with 3 is that you should call them to activate it. it's just O2 that gives you the online activation option. Anyway 3 is the best and we should give it a try.

I received an email from apple that I will get my iPad before or on May 28th. Before? i don't think so!
 
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Ubele

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Mar 20, 2008
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With Friday's launch of the iPad in nine new countries set for Friday

Good thinking on Apple's part -- a Friday launch set for Monday would have been confusing. (Sorry, I'm a professional editor, and I couldn't resist. :D)
 
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millypede

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Jul 18, 2004
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Seems a bit rubbish that shops that do a good job of selling apple stuff, John Lewis or Cancom get ignored for 60 days. I'd think twice before buying a windows machine from the dixons group, let alone a mac.

Yeah dont believe that for a min.
 
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TPALTony

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May 29, 2007
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Great plans from 3!

I was all ready to trim down the SIMM from my Orange USB modem when I saw this post. Definitely ordering a 3 Micro-SIM, when they fix whatever is making their "Find Address" button keep moaning about a license key being over it's limit! :)
 
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Poncho

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Jun 15, 2007
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Good thinking on Apple's part -- a Friday launch set for Monday would have been confusing. (Sorry, I'm a professional editor, and I couldn't resist. )

If you're a professional editor then why did you not use a colon after 'part' instead of that strange broken dash thingy?

A dash means you are going off on a tangential thought.
 
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davemccourt

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May 25, 2010
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If you're a professional editor then why did you not use a colon after 'part' instead of that strange broken dash thingy?

A dash means you are going off on a tangential thought.

The double-dash is used to show an en-dash (the correct character doesn't always show on the web). He has used it here as a parenthetical pause (or parenthetical thought) to show an afterthought.

HTH
 
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RichTF

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Nov 11, 2007
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London, UK
I love 3. They have this revolutionary notion about the mobile internet being reasonably priced and unrestricted. Did you know they actively encourage VOIP usage, with no extras fees? Amazing stuff.

The other networks have better coverage, but they're run by dinosaurs... (and 3 are catching up!) :cool:
 
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GollumBoy

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Jan 31, 2010
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Chesterfield, UK
I agree. I purchased a few things from Dixons before they got sold; but Currys, PC World and Comet - no way!

The only place - other than Apple - where I would buy an Apple product is John Lewis (outside London, that is). When is the second-gen coming to the UK?

Dixons has not been sold. Dixons still operates from dixons.co.uk and under the company name Dixons Stores Group International (DSGi), and is the owner of Currys and PC World, not Comet.

I'd think twice about buying anything from Dixons. Expensive prices & clueless and annoying staff.

Prices are better than they used to be and computers are reasonable prices too.
Not all staff are clueless and annoying, I pride myself to be a knowledgeable staff member at PC World.

Unfortunately my store isn't one of the 139 to stock the iPad immediately, however my local PCW will be.
 
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rmwebs

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Apr 6, 2007
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Sorry, but I wouldnt TOUCH DSG with a 100ft ethernet cable!

I think my grandma knows more about 'tech' than their entire management team! They are overpriced, untrained, and think an iMac is a white poncho. :rolleyes:


BestBuy in Thurrock would be waaaay better. I was there on launch day and the American staff were really friendly, and it felt like I was back in the good ol' Orlando store that I've taken to visiting yearly.

In addition DSG have made a LOSS for the last 3 to 4 years running. I have a friend working in PC World (he started a few months ago) who has never received any training, and was even told to sell the PC World insurance on macs, but dont tell customers that macs aren't covered!!

Down with DSG and boo to anyone who thinks they are a good retailer!

*rant over*
 
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GollumBoy

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Jan 31, 2010
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Chesterfield, UK
In addition DSG have made a LOSS for the last 3 to 4 years running. I have a friend working in PC World (he started a few months ago) who has never received any training, and was even told to sell the PC World insurance on macs, but dont tell customers that macs aren't covered!!

Down with DSG and boo to anyone who thinks they are a good retailer!

*rant over*


Lol the Whatever Happens DOES cover Macs! Just a couple of features aren't supported.

I have used used WEH twice on my Mac when I've broken it (water damage and second time when I dropped it!)
 
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davemccourt

macrumors newbie
May 25, 2010
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I use 3 out in the sticks (mid-Wales) and they have the best 3G and 2G signal of any operator around here. With my iPhone I now get 300 minutes and unlimited data for 15GBP a month (including tethering) compared to 45GBP that O2 wanted to charge me.
 
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Pez555

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Apr 18, 2010
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Props to 3 for doing this, O2 and Voda should rethink their pricing strategy.

to the informed, it seems like O2 and Voda were in for a quick buck - well done to 3 for smashing their prices.
 
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