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New iPad 2 LOCKED to ATT or Verizon

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Alfonso Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
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Mar 15, 2011 5:57 PM
I talked to an Apple technician at 1800-SOS-APPL and the rep clear stated
that the new iPad 2 is locked to ATT or Verizon, and that changing the SIM card
will not allow it to work with other carriers.

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iPhone 3GS iOS4.3, MacMini, Mac OS X (10.6.6), PBG412, 1.5GHz
  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Mar 15, 2011 6:35 PM (in response to Alfonso)
    The ATT iPad can be used with any GSM carrier that supports micro-SIMs. Verizon does not use SIM cards and a Verizon iPad will only work with Verizon.
    Mini x2, iPhone 3G, iPhone4, Air, iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
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    Mar 15, 2011 6:44 PM (in response to Alfonso)
    They're not locked in the sense of a cell phone being locked.... But they operate on different technologies and can't be interchanges with each other. But the "AT&T" iPad (i.e. the GSM iPad) can have it's SIM card excgphanged with any GSM network worldwide. The "Verizon" (CDMA) iPad could likewise be used on any CDMA network, but I don't believe there are any outside of Verizon and a few of their affiliates/subsidiaries in parts of the US .... At one point I believe CDMA networks were prevalent in Korea and/or Japan, but not anymore?

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  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Mar 16, 2011 4:47 AM (in response to PogoPossum)
    Verizon CDMA is not compatible with Japan CDMA.
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  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
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    Mar 16, 2011 5:00 AM (in response to Tamara)
    So is the Verizon CDMA only compatible with the US Verizon network?
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  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Mar 16, 2011 4:02 PM (in response to PogoPossum)
    I'm sure it will work with some of the CDMA networks outside the US like Canada but having taken a Verizon CDMA phone to Japan, I can definitely say that the Verizon phone did not work in Japan.
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  • anilsudhakaran Level 4 Level 4 (1,375 points)
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    Mar 16, 2011 4:22 PM (in response to Alfonso)
    BS
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  • carlos_rsx Calculating status...
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    Mar 17, 2011 1:04 AM (in response to Alfonso)
    I have the same issue, I bougth an iPad 2 3G Verizon. I want to activate it on a mexican carrier which uses CDMA technology. In matter of fact, Verizon is a shareholder of my carrier. Is there any way I may configure my iPad so it starts looking for my carrier instead of Verizon and stop displaying "roaming" on my screen?
    Also, I went to activate it here, but their system displayed "Invalid ESN".
    iPad2 32GB WiFi + 3G Verizon, iOS 4
  • bertair Calculating status...
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    Mar 17, 2011 1:46 AM (in response to PogoPossum)
    I am coming to Hawaii for a few months. I plan on buying an new replacement for my Mac Book Pro and a new 2nd gen iPad with wi fi & 3g.at the same time. I do not care if I have Verizon or ATT while I an in Hawaii. I will be going to Europe and Asia before returning to Australia. Can I have the iPad configured to accept a micro sim that will allow me to change carriers depending on where I am in the world rather than pay exhorbitant roaming rates.
    In the latter part of the year I will be returning to Australia probably permanently. I will then get an Aussie carrier like Optus, Vodafone or Telstra if I can.
    My query is while I can use my MBP anywhere in the world, does the iPad 3G limit me to where ever I buy it for normal 3 G carrier service rather than a roaming service ?
    Does the video capability play Quicktime, or only MP4 formatted videos ?
    MBP 13inch, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • PogoPossum Level 4 Level 4 (2,505 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 6:27 AM (in response to bertair)
    I'm assuming that the Aussie carriers are all GSM - that being the case, the GSM iPad (i.e. the AT&T one) should work back in Australia.

    You'd have to either get a SIM card in each country you visit, pay the roaming rates to use your native SIM card in other countries, or restrict yourself to just WiFi when abroad. You can't "configure" it to work in different countries, from what i understand, but you can just take out and replace the SIM card as you travel.

    Not sure about the video capability - there are several threads devoted to that question throughout the forum, I'd do a search first and if that doesn't help you start a new question rather than piggyback it onto this one.
    iOS 4, iPhone 3GS, 16 GB wifi iPad, Windows 7
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 7:53 AM (in response to Tamara)
    Verizon Wireless CDMA phones will work in Japan. I've done it. The roaming rates have recently gone way up, though.
    MacBook Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Current iPods: 3 Gen Nano, 1st Gen Touch, 3G Touch, 6th gen Nano, iPad 1 & 2
  • Peter Gillespie Level 6 Level 6 (10,760 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 8:08 AM (in response to Tamara)
    Tamara
    There is a posting on this forum confirming that an iPad2 purchased in New York on release day
    is happily working in UK on a UK micro sim
    There is now tangible proof iPad2 is not locked to a GSM carrier in any country
    despite comments from Apple that may confuse
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  • Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,720 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 8:57 AM (in response to Meg St._Clair)
    It didn't work with my Verizon Treo when I was there.
    Mini x2, iPhone 3G, iPhone4, Air, iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,475 points)
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    Mar 17, 2011 9:13 AM (in response to Tamara)
    Tamara wrote:
    It didn't work with my Verizon Treo when I was there.


    Which is unfortunate but does not mean that no Verizon Wireless phone will work. That would be like saying, "My iPad won't connect to my home WiFi network. That must mean iPads aren't able to connect to WiFi". We know how often people say that!
    MacBook Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Current iPods: 3 Gen Nano, 1st Gen Touch, 3G Touch, 6th gen Nano, iPad 1 & 2
  • george-greek Calculating status...
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    Mar 17, 2011 9:22 AM (in response to PogoPossum)
    I have ordered the ipad and says that delivery will be in 2-3 weeks....my question: is it possible to get it in 2 weeks or probably will be 3 weeks??
    Mac, iOS 4
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