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Orange tariffs for iPad 3G: 5p a megabyte

Orange has come up with pay-as-you-go, daily, weekly and monthly data plans for the iPad, including a free microSIM that fits the gadget

We love it when a data plan comes together. Now that we know the iPad is coming on 28 May, Orange has let us know what tariffs it will offer to power Steve Job's flat baby.

You'll need a special, half-sized SIM card called a microSIM -- Orange will give those away for free at orange.co.uk/ipad (the site isn't there yet, but will be soon). Data is charged at a rate of 5p per megabyte each month, with a maximum charge of £40 a month. You can stick with that -- and you get £10 credit when you activate -- or you can sign up for a daily, weekly or monthly data plan.

The daily plan is valid for one day until midnight, costs £2, and scores you 200MB of delicious data.

The weekly plan goes for seven days until midnight, costs £7.50, and includes 1GB of data.

The monthly plan -- which we think is the obviously suitable choice for a gadget named the iPad -- comes in two versions. Monthly 15 costs £15 and includes 3GB of browsing, while Monthly 25 costs £25 and includes 10GB. Both also give you unlimited browsing at BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspots -- nonsensically, the Wi-Fi has a 750MB fair use policy. 

iPad users will also get Orange iPad apps, including Orange Wednesdays, an account tracker, and a Wi-Fi hotspot locator. 

Orange's iPad 3G tariffs will be available starting on 10 May, the same day that you can pre-order the iPad. 

If you don't like the look of yourself in Orange, O2 and Vodafone have already said that they'll also be offering iPad tariffs. 

What do you think of Orange's tariff -- is the company overcharging, or has it got things about right? Let us know in the comments below.