Apple iPad to Sport Unlocked 3G Support

Apple's just introduced iPad tablet will support wireless 3G data network connectivity, and in what's sure to be a move that makes many potential buyers happy, it will ship unlocked with support for carriers that offer GSM micro SIM cards.

3G-enabled iPads will be able to take advantage of no-contract deals through AT&T, and users can activate 3G from the device, so they don't need to visit a store or connect to their computer when they want to sign up for wireless coverage.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that U.S. 3G coverage will be available when the iPad ships, and international deals should be available in June.

iPad 3G will set users back US$14.99 a month for 250MB, or $29.99 for unlimited data per month. Since users aren't required to sign a contract, they can pay for 3G coverage only in months where they actually need it, and rely on Wi-Fi the rest of the time.

[Thanks to Engadget for the initial iPad details.]