iPad Air contract prices in South Africa

The new iPad Air from Apple recently went on sale in South Africa, available through a number of retail chains, First National Bank (FNB), and Vodacom.

A Wi-Fi only iPad Air can be had from R5,999 (16GB) and a model with 3G/LTE support starts at R7,799 (16GB). A number of contract options were also available at launch.

Vodacom lists contracts on its 1GB, 2GB, and 3GB mobile data packages for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iPad Air models.

iStore has also advertised that it is selling iPads on Vodacom contracts that are priced similarly to the deals on the mobile network’s website.

One deal not listed on the Vodacom website that is on offer at iStore is for a 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air on Vodacom MyGig1 for R379/month.

There are also discounts on offer from iStore if you trade in your old iPad, with a reduction of at least R100/month promised on a functional, undamaged iPad 2.

Third and fourth generation iPads (iPad 3 & 4) may also be traded in, iStore said.

FNB cheque and private bank account holders are also able to buy iPads on monthly repayment plans, but without a cellular contract.

At the time of writing the bank bundled a cover, screen guard, and R100 iStore voucher with any iPad bought on its smart device promotion for clients.

The table below summarises the recommended retail and contract pricing of the iPad Air in South Africa at launch:

iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular deals 16GB 32GB 64GB 128GB
APR (iStore, Digicape, etc.) cash price R7,799 R8,999 R9,999 R11,499
Vodacom prepaid R8,229 R9,499 R10,659** N/A
FNB smart device promotion* R349/month* R399/month* R449/month* R505/month*
Vodacom MyGig 1 R429/month R479/month R529/month** N/A
Vodacom MyGig 2 R459/month R509/month R559/month** N/A
Vodacom MyGig 3 R529/month R579/month R629/month** N/A
* FNB’s deals include a cover, screen guard, and R100 iStore voucher
** Vodacom’s site listed the 64GB Space Grey iPad Air as out of stock at the time of writing

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