Three is the latest network operator to confirm that it will offer the iPad 2 as well as data plans for the device when it launches in the UK.

Orange and T-Mobile, which have combined their mobile networks under the banner Everything Everywhere, have already announced that they will be stocking the iPad 2 as well as offering data plans for the device.

O2 and Vodafone haven't yet made any official announcement about whether or not they will stock the device - O2 is rumoured to have no plans to do so - but both already offer iPad data plans.

"Three UK today announced it will offer iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G and also dedicated data plans for iPad 2 in the coming weeks," Three's statement said.

The rest of the statement is identical to those put out by Orange and T-Mobile. The interesting phrase is "coming weeks" rather than specifying the 25 March launch date that Apple has already confirmed, as sales of the iPad 2 have been strong in the US over the weekend.

Some analysts reckon Apple has sold 500,000 units over the weekend, and those are the more conservative estimates. Other reckon that the figure is nearer to one million, though Apple has not officially announced any sales figures.

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However, should the sales be higher than expected, it could mean delays for the international launch of the iPad 2. After all, this is exactly what happened with the launch of the iPad, so those planning on buying the iPad 2 in the UK would be well advised to get their pre-orders in promptly - you can sign up for an email alert to be notified when this happens on the Apple website.