No contract required to buy Apple iPad?
No contract, ever. Apple will release iPad models that are Wi-Fi only, however if you're interested in 3G service using a cellular network, AT&T has your data plan.
The company is offering iPad owners 250 MB of data for $14.99 per month. Unlimited data costs $29.99 per month. Everything is activated and pre-paid right on the iPad. With no contract you can cancel anytime.
Also included in the plan is free use of any AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot. The iPad 3G will ship unlocked with a GSM microSIM card. Apple has stated that international data plan deals are in the works.