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"New IPad" For Use In Europe (PAYG SIM)

Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:56 am

Long story short:
- I'll probably buy my wife a "New iPad" for her upcoming birthday.
- Given that I don't have to sign a long term contract for mobile data, I'll buy one of the "WiFi + cellular" models (16GB based on presuming to not need the storage).
- We travel a fair bit and I'd like to get the best cellular model for European use.
- I understand that using Verizon or AT&T roaming service in Europe is a horrible (at best) option economically.
- I understand that true mobile data may not be necessary given the abundance of WiFi (but I want it anyway).

I would like to use prepaid (micro) SIM data cards when we travel abroad. However, I can't get a straight answer as to whether or not I should buy the AT&T or Verizon configuration in the US.

Some sources tell me that it doesn't matter because the internal hardware is the same between AT&T and Verizon models (and that the new iPad isn't "locked" as a subsidized cell phone would be). Other sources seem to suggest that using a Verizon "New iPad" isn't as straightforward as using the AT&T model.

Of course my internet research probably would have been simplified if they just called this stupid product the "iPad 3"!

Surely someone on this site has been in my situation before? Help? Please!?

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3870163?start=0&tstart=0
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RE: "New IPad" For Use In Europe (PAYG SIM)

Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:23 am

I'm not sure of the specifics, but I'd go with the AT&T model based on the fact that AT&T's network is GSM, and Verizon is CDMA. GSM is more widely used in the world, including in Europe. The majority of carriers are GSM. It would be my choice. I don't know if you can actually put in a MicroSim card in an iPad; I guess you can.
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RE: "New IPad" For Use In Europe (PAYG SIM)

Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:50 am

The Verizon model is US-only due to its support for Verizon's CDMA/EV-DO protocol, but apart from the 2100 MHz LTE band it technically supports everything the AT&T model does, including GSM and UMTS; The iPad 3 is different from the iPhone on the one hand and from its predecessor on the other in that regard.

Unless you have a strong preference for Verizon domestically, you'd probably be better served with the AT&T model. And probably with more Flash memory for apps and data (media in particular). iOS itself will also consume some space, and Retina-supporting apps (which is most of them nowadays) can have a Flash footprint of tens or even hundreds of megabytes (a few even go beyond a gigabyte).
 
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RE: "New IPad" For Use In Europe (PAYG SIM)

Tue Jul 03, 2012 6:45 am

Does an iPad even use GSM? I imagine that would be a painfully slow experience, so it would be a last resort at best.
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RE: "New IPad" For Use In Europe (PAYG SIM)

Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:32 am

Quoting aloges (Reply 3):

The iPad microsim will use the best network it can find so preference for 3G then revert to GSM which of course is slower. Its fine for emails but quite a pain for web surfing unless you are in an area with EDGE where its somewhere in between 3G and GSM.

Here in Ireland you can get a weekly 2GB package for €10.
 
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RE: "New IPad" For Use In Europe (PAYG SIM)

Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:37 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
unless you are in an area with EDGE where its somewhere in between 3G and GSM.

A lot closer to GSM though. Subjectively, EDGE feels about double as fast as GSM, which is still terribly slow. I'm using EDGE in the subway and it nearly isn't worth it.
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RE: "New IPad" For Use In Europe (PAYG SIM)

Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:12 am

Thanks everyone. I'll probably spring for the 32GB AT&T version.
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RE: "New IPad" For Use In Europe (PAYG SIM)

Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:21 pm

Well, I ended up grabbing the 64GB AT&T version. Then... 2 days later I bought another 64GB AT&T version for myself! I actually had taken the wife to Best Buy to pick up a Bluetooth keyboard that her friend recommended. While in the store, they had a 64GB AT&T model for $100 off (upon scanning the barcode it became evident that they intended only a $25 discount, but gave me the $100 off anyway).

Having owned mine for ~5 days, I actually am not using it as much as I thought/hoped, but will keep it for travel purposes! Perhaps with time I'll grow into using it more often. It's not quite as "graceful" a device as I had hoped, but it's nice to have.

If anyone has advice on the most useful apps, I am all ears.

The first "batch" of apps I picked up consisted of:
TripAdvisor, TRVL (magazine), Economist (magazine), Google Earth, Weather+, NightStand, Food Network (iPhone app), ebay, WolframAlpha, Urbanspoon, Marriott, Google Chrome (still have Safari and may revert to it).
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RE: "New IPad" For Use In Europe (PAYG SIM)

Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:30 pm

I'm using iCab mobile as primary browser (full screen, downloads, uploads, ad filters etc.).

I also recommend Good Reader as a multi-purpose file and document manager (including WiFi file server). Particularly with PDFs it is a fantastic tool.
 
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RE: "New IPad" For Use In Europe (PAYG SIM)

Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:38 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 8):

I'm using iCab mobile as primary browser (full screen, downloads, uploads, ad filters etc.).

I also recommend Good Reader as a multi-purpose file and document manager (including WiFi file server). Particularly with PDFs it is a fantastic tool.

Thank you.
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RE: "New IPad" For Use In Europe (PAYG SIM)

Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:50 am

You made a good call with the model purchased.
Im a fan of Autodesk and their sketchbook pro apps mainly because sometimes its nice to sit back and just draw something - even if you aren't good at it. Fruit Ninja HD is also an addictive game that I'd recommend.

If your visiting the UK, one affordable option is GiffGaff who charge £5 for 500mb of data - the sim is free to! http://giffgaff.com/goodybags/500mb-mobile-broadband

There are plenty of other options with other networks of course, mobile data is certainly getting cheaper round here.

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