Of course there is a catch for a free IPad. Softbank in Japan is offering it’s 16GB IPad’s with 3G for free when you sign up for a 2 year contract with them. Of course Softbank is also exclusively in Japan, but this is something that is good for it’s citizens. Although it is stated as free instead of paying over 24 months like normal you will be paying for a $56 a month 3G data plan. In the end as always it is the plan that will come and bite you in the butt with payments. In reality you will be paying more for what it would cost to just buy an IPad. I am sure that we could live without 3G in order to save a bit of money.

Sources: Engadget Softbank Mobile