After the hype and frenzy surrounding the iPad 2 launch,  you will no doubt be wondering how you'll get hold of the new version of Apple's 'magical device' in the UK. There have already been some surprises – as iPhone carrier O2 claims it will not be selling the device directly.

iPad 2 comes with iOS 4.3, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, with new features including faster Safari mobile browsing performance, HSUPA support for enhanced 3G upload speeds on iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G and Personal Hotspot to share an iPhone 4 mobile data connection over Wi-Fi.

At present UK users can only register their interest at the Apple Store in anticipation of a UK shipping date. Apple has set this as March 25. Exact pricing is unknown at present, though CEO Steve Jobs announced that the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models of the iPad 2 would cost the same as those for the first version.

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Apple's 'Notify Me' page for UK customers to the Apple Store

A tweet on the T-Mobile UK Twitter feed claims that both that company and Orange UK will be stocking the iPad 2 when it becomes available in the UK. Orange UK's PR manager Conor Maples was a bit more upbeat with the news on his Twitter page: "Everything Everywhere (Orange & T-Mobile) will be selling the iPad 2 in the UK once it's made available later this month! Hurrah!"

However the site reports that mobile giant O2 will not offer the device directly: "[O2] will not be stocking the iPad 2 when it launches in the UK on 25 March... but customers can use the firm's pay-as-you-go deals for the tablet."

The tech site quotes an O2 spokesperson as saying: "Customers using mobile broadband on O2 tell us that they value freedom and flexibility with their tablet devices, especially when they don't initially know how much mobile data they will need. We are continuing to offer iPad customers our O2 Pay & Go Mobile Broadband for iPad tariffs. These are directly integrated into iPad 2, and offer flexible payment options and the best browsing experience."

The site also reports that provider 3 Mobile had given a 'no comment' response on whether it would be stocking the tablet, while Vodafone had not responded at the time of publication.

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Apple's 'magical device' - the iPad 2 tablet.