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Old Mar 4th, 2011, 02:21 PM   #11
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That's just so Apple can send you the right Micro-SIM card with the iPad. Otherwise you'd have to get a new Micro-SIM from Rogers/Telus/Bell, etc... and it's cost you more $$$. (I think new sims are $10-15).
Ah, that makes sense. When I bought my iPad 3G, BestBuy gave me a sim card for Rogers. I've never used it, but will eventually get one from SaskTel if I feel the need.

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Correct me of I am wrong, but wasn't it the case that with the old iPad one could order any SIM for 25 cents? I kind of remember adding one to my cart with all three SIMs because I wanted to see if I could - and I could!

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Old Mar 5th, 2011, 06:04 AM   #13
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So if you buy the 3g sim card (im with rogers). and travel to the U.S..do I need to buy another U.S sim card? Or can I access their network using the rogers sim card? I was under the impression data can be purchased by month as needed (hence why they are unlocked). I would like to be able to travel to the U.S..or Europe with my ipad, and purchase data plans as needed.

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It really makes no sense to be locked because Futureshop isn't going to want to have so many models in stock...white and black, 3g and wifi, three differant capacities and now three differant carriers also? that is 24 differant models!
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So if you buy the 3g sim card (im with rogers). and travel to the U.S..do I need to buy another U.S sim card? Or can I access their network using the rogers sim card? I was under the impression data can be purchased by month as needed (hence why they are unlocked). I would like to be able to travel to the U.S..or Europe with my ipad, and purchase data plans as needed.

Can someone please clarify
You do need to get a new SIM to access a new network. So yes, in the US, you need an AT&T SIM (probably available free from an Apple Store in the US).
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Ah, that makes sense. When I bought my iPad 3G, BestBuy gave me a sim card for Rogers. I've never used it, but will eventually get one from SaskTel if I feel the need.
SaskTel's "iPad" (Tablet, really) plan is postpaid, not prepaid, unfortunately. Telus' plan is prepaid. Both are more expensive than Rogers' and Bell's plans (for most users).
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SaskTel's "iPad" (Tablet, really) plan is postpaid, not prepaid, unfortunately. Telus' plan is prepaid. Both are more expensive than Rogers' and Bell's plans (for most users).
Good to know. So far I've been just using it at home with Wifi. I ended up with the 3G model because it was the only one BestBuy had in stock and I was too impatient to order one and wait.

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So yes, in the US, you need an AT&T SIM (probably available free from an Apple Store in the US).
So if buying in the USA should one choose the AT&T iPad 3G? Does Verizon not use GSM?
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The Register is reporting that it is locked.

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More seriously, in Canada where users could previously switch between the cellcos with a simple microSIM swap there are now specific models tied to each of the three supporting operators.
Perhaps they have mis-interpreted the SIM item mentioned earlier.

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So if buying in the USA should one choose the AT&T iPad 3G? Does Verizon not use GSM?
Yes, get the AT&T version. No Verizon uses CDMA. Both Telus and Bell in Canada adopted UMTS/HSDPA in advance of the iPhone arrival in Canada.
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