Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳電信) and Taiwan Mobile Co (台灣大哥大) announced yesterday that consumers can begin to register for the latest version of Apple Inc’s iPad, the first time Taiwanese telephone carriers will sell any version of the popular gadget.
Far EasTone, Taiwan’s No. 3 telecoms operator, said it began taking pre-orders for the 4G-equipped version of the new iPad through online registration as well as at more than 500 retail and franchise stores.
The company will unveil an official sales date and data plans soon, Far EasTone spokeswoman Alison Kao (高治華) said.
“Unlike the previous two iPad versions that went on sale in Taiwan through retail channels only, this is the first time Taiwan’s telecom operators will sell Apple’s tablets,” Kao said.
Taiwan Mobile, the country’s second-largest carrier, also began taking pre-orders yesterday on its Web site and at its 350 stores, according to an e-mailed statement. It did not disclose when the product would go on sale or details about its data plans.
Taiwan’s top carrier, Chunghwa Telecom Co (中華電信), said it currently has no plans to sell the new iPad.
According to Apple, the retail prices for the faster 4G-equipped version in other countries are US$629 for the 16GB model, US$729 for the 32GB model and US$829 for the 64GB model.
The new iPad can run on selected 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks in the US and Canada, but Taiwanese consumers still cannot enjoy such high-speed data transmission because of a lack of LTE operators in the country.