Can I have an Apple iPad?

iPads can be purchased using the School’s normal IT equipment procurement procedures. You can purchase an iPad with or without mobile broadband so you should discuss your requirements with the IT Service Desk|, who will be able to advise you on the package most suitable for your needs. In all cases, a business justification may be required.

There are three ways in which you can purchase an iPad:

  • Purchase your iPad directly from Apple
    This does not come with a mobile broadband package as standard, but the iPad is capable of connecting to wifi. If you are unlikely to need mobile broadband in the future, a wifi-only iPad is available. If you think you may want a mobile broadband package at a later date, a wifi + mobile broadband capable iPad will be necessary. Mobile broadband can then be purchased with one of LSE's standard,
    30-day rolling mobile broadband tariffs with Orange.

  • Purchase your iPad from Orange with the ‘Legacy’ tablet tariff
    This tariff includes a 24-month minimum subscription 2GB data bundle for internet usage on the go and offers a £275 discount off the normal iPad purchase price accordingly. Although this tariff does not offer a range of choices, the monthly subscription cost is lower than the Orange ‘New’ tablet tariff. However, there is an out-of-bundle rate for if you go over your monthly download limit. The cost is £40 per additional GB downloaded and there is no cap on this excess charge.

  • Purchase your iPad from Orange with the ‘New’ tablet tariff
    This offers greater flexibility with a wider range of data bundles for internet usage on the go (from 1GB a month to 32GB a month) and the option of faster 4G connectivity. Opting for a plan from this tariff gives a £300 discount on the normal purchase price of the iPad. The monthly subscription costs vary depending on the bundle you choose, as does the out-of-bundle rate for if you go over your monthly data limit, however there is a cap on this excess charge.

Please see the tables below for the monthly subscription charges for the ‘Legacy’ tablet tariff and the ‘New’ tablet tariff. If you purchase your iPad directly from Apple but wish to add Mobile broadband at a later date, see Mobile Broadband Tariffs| for subscription charges.

Legacy tablet plan

Product Name

Monthly Subscription

Monthly Data Allowance (UK)

Out of Bundle Rate per MB (UK)

2GB + Unlimited WiFi

£22.50

2GB + Unlimited BT WiFi

£0.04

Minimum connection period is 24 months. Unlimited BT WiFi fair usage is 3GB.

New tablet plan

Product Name

3G Monthly Subscription

4G Monthly Subscription

Monthly Data Allowance (UK)

Out of Bundle Rate per MB (UK)

OOB Cap

1GB

£23.00

£26.00

1GB

£0.025

£50.00

4GB

£27.50

£30.50

4GB

£0.025

£50.00

8GB

£32.00

£35.00

8GB

£0.025

£50.00

16GB

£45.00

£45.00

16GB

£0.01

£200.00

32GB

£55.00

£55.00

32GB

£0.01

£200.00

Minimum connection period is 24 months. All tariffs include Unlimited BT WiFi. Unlimited BT WiFi fair usage is 3GB.

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