Japan iPad 3G Locked to Softbank Mobile

It looks like Japan’s iPad 3G customers won’t be able to choose their wireless data carrier like shoppers in other countries can. Instead, the iPad with 3G support will be locked to Softbank Mobile in the country.

When Apple introduced the iPad in January, the company stated the version that supports 3G wireless data access wouldn’t be locked to specific carriers, allowing users to choose the company that best suits them.

The iPad is Apple’s multimedia tablet device that runs iPhone OS. It includes a 9.7-inch multi-touch display, supports most iPhone apps, includes built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, and some models include 3G wireless data access, too.

Apple hasn’t said why the iPad will be limited to a single 3G provider in Japan, nor has Softbank Mobile offered any statement.

[Thanks to Macworld for the heads up.]