Claro selling iPad 2 as part of its monthly installment plan
“Beginning today, we are adding the iPad 2 to our equipment financing offer that allows our clients to pay for such devices as laptops with their monthly fixed-line service bill,” Puerto Rico Telephone/Claro President Enrique Ortiz de Montellano told CARIBBEAN BUSINESS. “Now you don’t have to shell out $600 or use a credit card with high interest rates to get your iPad 2.”
The monthly installment plan charges a minimal interest rate and a “small” late payment fee, calculated according to the amount being financed, he said, adding that the company is not selling iPad 2 devices outside of the installment plan.
Claro is offering the Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 tablet models with 16 gigabytes and 32 gigabytes of storage with its two-year fixed-line contract for combined Internet (512 megabits per second) and telephone services, which charges $29.99 a month. The installment plans begin at 24 months, said Ortiz, noting that the 16-gigabyte model will be available for $24.95 a month, and the 32-gigabyte model for $27.95 a month.
Consumers may acquire the device under this plan at any of Claro’s 15 service centers throughout the island, he said.
He said the iPad 2 tablets in Claro’s plan can be connected to the Internet at Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the island.
While the iPad 2 tablets have sold out quickly locally since arriving on the island on March 11, Ortiz said he is confident the company is bringing in enough devices to meet expected demand. The telecommunications giant did not take direct fulfillment orders for the device, as did competitors such as AT&T and local Apple retailers.
The iPad 2 is one-third thinner (0.34 inches thick), 15 percent lighter and twice as fast, and it has rounded edges the first iPad lacked. The new device maintains the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen, but adds Apple’s latest dual-core A5 processor.
Other new features include two front-and-rear-facing photo and video cameras, and a gyroscope. The camera on the back can record high-definition 720-pixel video, while the low-resolution front camera can be used for Wi-Fi video calls to iPhone 4, Touch, Mac and other iPad 2 owners using Apple’s FaceTime software. The iPad 2 can be connected to a high-definition television by using a single HDMI video cable adapter purchased separately for about $40. It also delivers up to 10 hours of battery life on a charge.