T-Mobile has announced that it is teaming up with Groupon to offer the first-gen Apple iPad for just £49 on a £25 a month 24-month contract.

The deal is the first of its kind for a mobile network and it will be restricted to the first 1,000 customers.

There is a caveat, which is that the price of the contract rises to £27 a month if you are not already an existing T-Mobile customer.

24-hour deal

T-Mobile's original iPad deal begins 16 March, with the deal going live on www.groupon.co.uk at 00:01hrs. And you have to be quick as it is only going to last for 24 hours.

According to T-Mobile, "Customers will be emailed a web sales number, which they will then need to call and quote the Groupon voucher code. The order will then be processed by T-Mobile and the iPad dispatched to the customer."

There have been a number of discount iPad deals of late, considering the iPad 2 UK release date is 25 March.

Check out our iPad 2 review, to see if you are tempted by the next gen, or would be happy to get a discounted old iPad.