Can you activate a 3G iPad without a sim?

Discussion in 'iPad Hacks' started by GeoffP, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Question to help out us Australians who are importing the 3G iPad.

    As we will not have the Micro-Sim available until the end of the month (hopefully), can you activate the 3G iPad minus the Micro-Sim?

    Thanks,
    Geoff.
     
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    antiprotest

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  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, at home yes, but that is not my question.

    I want to find out if I need a sim inserted into the iPad on the 3G model when I activate it using iTunes.

    As we cannot get any micro-sims to probably the end of May, I want to activate the iPad and use it with WiFi now and THEN drop in a micro-sim when I get a plan later in the month.
     
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    alphaod

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    Basically an iPad 3G without the SIM is the same as a iPad WiFi only.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK, not having played with any iPad, do you need to activate the WiFi model with iTunes prior to syncing applications.
     
  6. macrumors 65816

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    Yes. The screen displays the connect to iTunes image when you first turn it on.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for that :p
     
  8. macrumors member

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    Thanks Geoff for answering that question.

    Has anyone had success from cutting their sim card into the micro-sim and getting it to work flawlessly?
     
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    alphaod

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    Yes it works; someone already did that. All they had to do was change the APN from broadband to phone.
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    I'm also an aussie importing the 3G model.

    I'm simply cutting down a pre-paid Telstra SIM to put into my iPad. There are a number of people who have already proven that you can take a regular SIM card and cut it down to the shape of micro sim. See http://modmyi.com/forums/ipad-news/708414-mod-t-sim-work-ipad-3g.html

    I bought a Telstra SIM card really meant for a USB stick to get the best Telstra mobile data pricing :) $40 for 1 gig, $50 for 2 gig (for US folk, that is actually not a bad deal in Australian terms).

    I basically refuse to put my iPad on any other 3G network in Australia - Optus and Vodafone are too oversubscribed / too slow.
     

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