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Old Jul 4th, 2011, 08:18 PM   #11
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Those 2 apps are acting really flukey for me. Can't get any searches done at all. It keeps telling me it needs a data connection.
Sounds weird. I used Navigon only a few days ago traveling from Utah to Toronto. I also used it extensively while living in Utah for the last 10 months. No data required.
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Old Jul 4th, 2011, 08:24 PM   #12
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No, Navigon works great for me. It's the Nav Free apps.
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Old Jul 5th, 2011, 02:18 PM   #13
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You will need a US credit card tied to a registered US address for service in the US.
Correct, however I have read that ATT has accepted American Express from some Canadians. You can use a prepaid US CC that you can purchase at many retail outlets in the States and use it to purchase data directly from the iPad after you have installed an ATT iPad Sim.

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Once I get into the States, I'll visit an AT&T store to get a micro SIM card. Not sure what form of payment they take.
iPad micro Sims are different than regular iPhone micro Sims & I have read that ATT does not have iPad Sims (because all iPads in the US already come with ATT Sims preinstalled). You'll probably have to visit an Apple store to get the correct ATT iPad Sim.
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Correct, however I have read that ATT has accepted American Express from some Canadians. You can use a prepaid US CC that you can purchase at many retail outlets in the States and use it to purchase data directly from the iPad after you have installed an ATT iPad Sim.



iPad micro Sims are different than regular iPhone micro Sims & I have read that ATT does not have iPad Sims (because all iPads in the US already come with ATT Sims preinstalled). You'll probably have to visit an Apple store to get the correct ATT iPad Sim.
I picked up an iPad sim from AT&T when I moved south last August. The only reason I couldn't activate data was that my US address isn't registered in the US postal service database (they don't service the area). If the address isn't in the database, AT&T system won't allow activation. The guy in the AT&T store tried talking to activations but they were too lazy to try and fix the problem.
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Old Jul 5th, 2011, 04:21 PM   #15
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Got it settled, I think. I have an appointment set up at the Apple Store in Ann Arbor, MI. They will give me an AT&T micro SIM card for no charge. I will then activate it in my iPad using my in-law's US credit card. It sounds a little tricky in getting it set up with those IMEI and ICC numbers. We'll see how it goes.
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The only reason I couldn't activate data was that my US address isn't registered in the US postal service database (they don't service the area). If the address isn't in the database, AT&T system won't allow activation. The guy in the AT&T store tried talking to activations but they were too lazy to try and fix the problem.
Apparently if you use a US prepaid VISA card for activation you can than use any valid US address to sign up with AT&T for Data. Some people have even reported using 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino, CA. The key is to use the prepaid CC.
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I wonder if they sell those prepaid Visa cards in the malls? That might be the way to go. Is there any fees to those? If so, using my wife's parents credit card may be the best bet.
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I wonder if they sell those prepaid Visa cards in the malls? That might be the way to go. Is there any fees to those? If so, using my wife's parents credit card may be the best bet.
Any Wallgreens will have them.
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There is an activation fee of about $5. I don't know if the charge changes based on the card value. The only other charges are for keeping the card once activated; they take some small amount every month until nothing is left.

You need Internet access to set the card up with a name and address and then it's good to go. Some services don't accept the prepaids as they aren't a solid future payment option.
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Try Copilot Live. A bit rough around the edges, but competent for most of the trips I have tried. Needs no connection to the net to work, though acquiring a signal if you have travelled some distance into the abyss may take some time.
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