Currently Being ModeratedOct 11, 2011 5:33 PM (in response to CORich83)
iPads sold world-wide for 3G networks, such as the AT&T model in the US, are not locked as some iPhones are. You should be safe buying the iPad in Japan. It should not be locked to a carrier.'09 Mac mini, '06 iMac, iPad 2, Mac OS X (10.7.1), iOS (4.3.5) Mac fanboy since 1984!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 12, 2011 6:33 AM (in response to CORich83)
They are designed to run on a GSM network, such as AT&T's, they are not locked to AT&T and they have a changeable microSIM. The Verizon model is designed to only run on a CDMA network, has no microSIM and is locked to Verizon.'09 Mac mini, '06 iMac, iPad 2, Mac OS X (10.7.1), iOS (4.3.5) Mac fanboy since 1984!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 12, 2011 6:39 AM (in response to CORich83)
I seem to remember reading somewhere that the iPads in Japan were carrier locked so check to be sure if you buy there.
The ones here in the states are labeled as 'ATT' and 'Verizon' because the ATT version works on ATT bands (which are GSM and have a sim card) and Verizon works on their CDMA bands and have no sim. The majority of countries use GSM rather than CDMA. Since there is no "world" iPad I suggest you get the ATT version. You can buy one without a sim and it won't be locked. The main issue you may run into is finding a micro-sim. However, you can cut them down to fit. Just google it. Then you just get the sim and data plan wherever you are stationed.
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Currently Being ModeratedOct 12, 2011 6:57 AM (in response to steeleblue)
I seem to remember reading somewhere....
Spreading rumor is not a good idea, 'tis better to Goggle and not set folks off on the wrong course with gosip. The iPads sold in Japan are not locked. There is only one carrier in Japan that has a data plan for the iPad.'09 Mac mini, '06 iMac, iPad 2, Mac OS X (10.7.1), iOS (4.3.5) Mac fanboy since 1984!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 12, 2011 7:22 AM (in response to Dah•veed)
I was not spreading a rumor. I was on a forum and someone said the iPad he bought in Japan was carrier locked. All I did was suggest to the OP that he verify just in case. Please read my post again.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2011 10:13 PM (in response to steeleblue)
I appreciate your help and kind words! I will look into Japan models when I return to Japan, and also look at AT&T when I come back home. I want to say that the iPads I find locally in Japan are locked to Softbank, but that may have changed/been erroneous in information.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2011 10:20 PM (in response to Dah•veed)
I also appreciate correct information, however this wasn't gossip... as it wasn't a tale about someone. And the statement alone "I seem to remember" implies "I may be wrong". So no harm no foul.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2011 11:24 PM (in response to CORich83)
I guess that we shall have to have different opinions on the matter. The reason that folks in Japan eroneously believe that Softbank iPads are locked is because it is the only Japanese telecom selling hte iPad. The iPhones are locked so they assume the iPads are also. Apple says that they are not.
You are welcome for the assistance.'09 Mac mini, '06 iMac, iPad 2, Mac OS X (10.7.2), iOS (5) Mac fanboy since 1984!