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After having previously aimed at getting the 3G enabled iPads shipped out at the end of April, Apple has now officially set their shipping date to May 7th. Despite the revised date, several customers that pre-ordered early are still reporting late April shipping statuses.  So far, Apple has made no official confirmation on this. 

As a recap, the UMTS/HDSPA (850/1900/2100) enabled iPad costs an additional $130 and lets you browse the web where no Wi-Fi is available. Shipping unlocked, the iPad may be connected to any 3G provider with microSIM support, meaning US users will be able to use 3G overseas as well.  Here in the US, AT&T will be offering two contract-free data plans. Activated directly on the iPad, the user can register for a 250 MB plan for $14.99, or unlimited data for $29.99 per month.

Personally, I would get the Wi-Fi only version, as I don't think the extra $130 + $30/month is worth it. But then again, it depends on your personal preferences and what you're going to use it for.  What do you guys think?  Sound off in the comments!


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