Buy 3G iPad in states for use in uk?

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    MyRomeo

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    Hi guys n gals, I'm travelling to the states soon and plan on buying an iPad whilst there as the exchange rate makes them about 25% cheaper than buying here, £307 as opposed to 439 for wifi 16gb model!

    Ideally tho in want a 3G model so that I can buy a monthly data plan here in the uk.

    I have looked at apple and best buy sites but both suggest I cam only buy a 3G model locked to a network? Is this the case or can I buy an unlocked sim free iPad?

    Can you advise where is best to buy one from? I'm only looking at 16gb model as I have 32gb ip4 for music and sat nav. iPad will be more a web browser, document tablet for work use.

    Many thanks :)
     
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    The 3G iPad is not locked so will work with the UK networks.
     
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    MyRomeo

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    Superb news thanks. Can I buy it sim free easily?
     
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    They're sold with AT&T microSIMS by default (at no added cost) which are easily swapped (via pop-out drawer) for whatever service you prefer in the UK.
     
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    At any Apple store. Although note that in the UK, you can get an iPad for £99 with an Orange data plan.
     
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    Buying into a 2-year contract on a device that's nearing end-of-life is a very iffy proposition.
     
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    Depends whether you care or not. Most will find the current iPad fine for their usage.
     
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    I know what you're saying, but I'm sure the current iPad will be officially supported for another year, at least.
     
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    True the up front cost is lower but the numers are like this

    iPad subsidised £99 +24x £25 = £699

    iPad in USA £389 + data at £7.50 a month, £576 over two year

    The other option is hold out for ipad2 but from what I see it might get cameras and more ram.. I have my iPhone 4 for cameras and (I don't know this), does it need more ram?

    I mean, in the uk the 3G 16gb model is £541 up front or 699 over 2 years on contract which I don't want to be locked in to. Buying now whilst in stres saves me £160 up front and means I am not locked in to a monthly plan. Seems a good opportunity.

    Unless by some luck ipad2 is available before march 11th when I return to uk. Unlikely!
     
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    Oh, I have no doubt it will continue to be supported (and I have no plans to upgrade to the next iPad) just that we're very close to a new release, so locking into a 2-year contract without seeing what the next iPad is like is probably unwise. Similarly, it's going to be a 2-year-old technology midway through the contract and the competition will be furious then.
     
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    Not necessarily, but more ram has benefits. Fast app switching works better with more memory to switch between apps. Currently if you have a large application open it will need to be reopened completely if you switch to another app that takes a lot of memory. Also the lack of ram causes pages to need to be reloaded in Safari more frequently.
     
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    Certainly doesn't at the moment. Question is how the current model will cope with iOS x.y in the future
     
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    Interesting input. I never had any noticeable problems with my 3GS and safari which I think had the same ram ad the iPad?

    Assuming that no ipad2 is out in time, where would the best place be to buy a 16gb 3G iPad with no data plan?
     
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    I'm about to travel to the USA and hopefully pick up a iPad 2. How does the warranty work if it breaks in the UK. Can I get it fixed ok without any argument that it was bought in a different country?
     

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