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iPad2 3G SIM unlocked?

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  • Aladdin Hourani Calculating status...
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    Mar 4, 2011 7:25 AM (in response to Ausbev)
    You are chatting with Holly, an Apple Expert
    Hi, my name is Holly. Welcome to Apple!
    Good morning!
    good morning Holly.
    My question is regarding the ipad2
    Happy to help!
    we have the the original ipad running on GSM network, as such when we travel overseas we can us a sim card from the hosting country. I would like to know if the ipad2 is also sim "unlocked" becasue it is of no good to me if it is locked
    Apple hasn't made any statements about the iPad 2 being any different. So that feature should be the same.
    Since there are no contracts on the iPad, that is why it is unlocked.
    excellent. I love apple, everything i have is apple. and i am pretty sure i have an apple sign stamped somewhere on my brain. So thank you
    Haha!! Me too!
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  • fußpilz Calculating status...
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    Mar 4, 2011 7:32 AM (in response to Aladdin Hourani)
    thanks a lot for posting.
    where can i chat to apple experts ? On the apple website?
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    Mar 4, 2011 8:15 AM (in response to fußpilz)
    Here is my contribution:

    You are chatting with Nicole W, an Apple Expert
    Hi, my name is Nicole W. Welcome to Apple!
    Hi! How are you today?

    Hi
    Very good thank you.

    Great to hear!
    How can I help you today?

    I have a question on the iPad 2 3G.

    I am happy to help!

    I want to buy it on March 11 but I travel often for business.
    I wanted to make sure that it is not locked to a carrier, like the First Generation iPad, and that I will be able to use it with other GSM sim cards in other countries (if I buy the AT&T iPad 2).

    Yes, the new iPad it carrier specific.
    You can use other carrier in other countries, they will just need to be compatible with the SIM.

    OK. But this means I will not have to have it unlocked by AT&T like I would have to do for an iPhone then?

    Right, there is no contract with it.

    OK, so there is no change from the first iPad. It was a bit confusing as the website says that it is carrier specific so I didn't know whether it was locked like for the iPhone.

    It is carrier specific, meaning, you would need to find a carrier that uses the same type of SIM.

    OK. So if I find a carrier abroad that uses GSM like AT&T, it will work fine?

    Right!

    Perfect!

    Thanks for your help, I think that is all I wanted to ask.
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  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,185 points)
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    Mar 4, 2011 8:26 AM (in response to No1 Rudeboy)
    No1 Rudeboy wrote:
    I'm from the UK and in the same boat as yourself... But I just had an idea that might help everyone! Don't quote me on it but I was thinking, apple has an international warranty for one year with all there products. So if your device 'stops working' or you meet/know a really nice person in your LOCAL apple store, even if that is in a different country since you're within 28 days of purchase, wouldn't you be entitled for an exchange? Or at least a swap from the genius bar. Wouldn't you then be given a 'local' iPad for the country your in that will work on your selected provider? It's just a thought, not 100% that it will work, but I don't see why not... Get back to me with your thoughts...



    Apple doesn't have international warranty on all of it's products. iPhone for one... doesn't.
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,185 points)
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    Mar 4, 2011 8:42 AM (in response to abraxis)
    Cnet reports that the iPad 2 is unlocked:
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-20039034-266.html

    No one on the Internet has reported that the iPad 2 is locked. Apple sends Apple products to columnist to evaluate, well before release dates. No reports from them. If it was locked we would have heard if it is so. And we would have heard it at Wednesday keynote.

    Why would Apple keep this a secret and make people wait for March 11 to find out. Does not make sense.
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    Mar 4, 2011 11:18 AM (in response to David M Brewer)
    I spoke to Apple rep Brittani W. here is my conversation
    Hi, my name is Brittani W. Welcome to Apple!

    Brittani W: Hi! Welcome to Apple chat! How are you today?

    You: Goo morning

    You: I am ok, yourself?]

    Brittani W: I am great thanks!

    Brittani W: Good morning!

    You: I have a question about Ipad2

    Brittani W: I would love to help you with the iPad 2!

    You: I currently own Ipad (1) and constantly travel around eastern europe, especially Russia. With the old one I am able to use 3G by changing SIM card of that region. Will I be able to do the same with Ipad 2?

    Brittani W: Currently we do not have enough specifics on the iPad 2 to know this. I recommend contacting your service provider.

    You: Ok.

    You: My question then will new Ipad be locked to specific carriers like AT & T or Verizon or with AT&T version (GSM) I will be able to use any GSM SIM card?

    Brittani W: Yes the iPad 2 will be able to be used on AT&T or Verizon only.

    You: On Apple website specifically stated two options GSM and Verizon. My understanding is that GSM version will be open to any GSM network not AT&T only

    Brittani W: This may be correct. However, we have not been given enough specifics to know this. This is a question for Technical Support.

    Brittani W: If you would like technical support for your Apple product, you can contact AppleCare or visit your local Apple Store to speak with one of our Apple Geniuses.

    Brittani W: As an Apple Online Sales Representative, I provide recommendations regarding products on our Apple Online Store. I also assist with the Apple Online Store Order process.

    You: Do you think they will know the answer by now?

    You: I am just trying to make a decision if I should go to stay in line on March 11

    Brittani W: This is very possible. It would not hurt to try!

    Brittani W: I understand!

    Brittani W: I would have asked the same!

    Brittani W: The number for AppleCare is 1-800-275-2273.

    Brittani W: Click here for a list of Apple Stores.

    You: Thank you,

    Brittani W: Sure thing!

    Brittani W: Is there anything else I can do?

    You: No thank you

    Brittani W: I am so glad I could help you! Have a blessed day!
  • salty777 Level 3 Level 3 (540 points)
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    Mar 4, 2011 12:13 PM (in response to abraxis)
    It looks like it IS locked:

    http://gigaom.com/apple/apples-ipad-2-a-step-backwards-for-carrier-choice/


    When I bought my iPad at the Apple store, I was given 3 mini-gsm cards (Bell, Rogers, Telus) so I could use GSM where one or more carriers had no cover.

    Looks like that's changed,.... so our old iPads could be worth more than Gazelle are paying!!
  • athreyaindyan Calculating status...
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    Mar 4, 2011 4:57 PM (in response to garik)
    Garik thanks for that. Sitting in india and waiting for the ATT IPad2 which a friend has promised to bring, this is critical for me. Do you think you can speak to tech support for a more conclusive answer?
  • Cosmo_Kramer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 4, 2011 9:56 PM (in response to athreyaindyan)
    +1

    Is there a place to swap SIM in iPad2 ?
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,450 points)
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    Mar 4, 2011 10:32 PM (in response to David M Brewer)
    -> One (1) Year Limited Warranty - Worldwide

    " *OBTAINING WARRANTY SERVICE*


    If the product is portable, meaning that it can operate independently without a power cord, you may obtain warranty service worldwide. However, service will be limited to the options available in the country where service is requested. If the product is not portable, warranty service may be restricted to the country where the product is purchased."
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,185 points)
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    Mar 4, 2011 11:01 PM (in response to Chris CA)
    I'm just stating what I have read in the iPhone forum that the iPhone doesn't have an international warranty.
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,185 points)
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    Mar 4, 2011 11:21 PM (in response to Chris CA)
    One of many threads on the subject:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1630518

    Read Tamara's post... Goggling it will come up with same answer.
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,450 points)
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    Mar 4, 2011 11:42 PM (in response to David M Brewer)
    The page she linked to must have been changed because the FAQ question she posted is not there.
  • MDSwitzerland Calculating status...
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    Mar 4, 2011 11:59 PM (in response to abraxis)
    Hi
    I'd also like to know if I can use a US-iPad in Europe but would like to add another question: I don't want to get a separate contract for the iPad (too expensive) but would just like to swap my microSim (from a Swiss carrier) from the iphone to use in the ipad at times. I don't really need 3G on the iPad on a constant basis; just from time to time. Would that be possible as well?
    Thanks!
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,450 points)
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    Mar 5, 2011 12:01 AM (in response to MDSwitzerland)
    No one will know for sure until the ipad 2 is actual released.

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