4473 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 25, 2011 1:26 AM by rk64
the iPad is sold unlocked in the US. If you buy an iPad there, you can bring it back to India and use your local sim card.Hp Pavilion, Windows Vista, iPod touch , iPod touch 4G (32GB) iOS 4.2 (Airprint)
You will be happy!
In June and July of this year, I traveled to India for work. While there, I spent a few days in Delhi, Agra, Chennai, Bangalore but most of the time in Hyderabad. I got some local friends to get me a BSNL account (the only India-wide 3G provider at the time) and SIM. I cut down the SIM to microSIM size with an X-Acto knife at the hotel. I was able to navigate everywhere.
In Hyderabad (where I was for most of the just under two months), I eventually rented a car as I was tired of using a driver all the time. Driving in India is just like driving in New York City where I grew up - except that there are almost no traffic rules! I use the iPad and the standard Apple iPad Maps application to navigate throughout the city including several trips to CTC and elsewhere in Secunderabad. One weekend, some of my local friends and I went to Bidar in Karnataka, some 120 km and navigated completely by iPad.
With the BSNL SIM, costs for data were low and performance was acceptable almost everywhere I went (though I did not have it with me in Agra). The Maps application showed hybrid satellite/classic depiction quite well while traveling in the car. Email (back to my US servers) and web surfing was also acceptable. In fact, along with my local friends, the iPad worked shockingly well. The GPS did take its toll on energy so we used a cigarette-lighter adapter and that was fine.
I should point out that, while I had my iPhone 4 by then, I had unlocked my iPhone 3Gs and got a BSNL account for that as well. The voice rates to the US were peanuts as (then) compared to the AT&T international rates.
armandoiPad, iPhones, 3xMacBook Pro; 3xMacMinis; TC, AppleTV, etc., Mac OS X (10.6.5), Former UNIX kernel hacker