can a 3G iPad bought in the US be used with foreign providers?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jojoba, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I'm thinking of getting an iPad for a family member, and they are cheaper in the US than where I live. I'm going to the US in about a month so could get one while I'm there. However, I''m a bit unclear on the 3G issue. On the apple web site, it says this:

    Should I take this to mean that you can't use a foreign sim card while in the US? Or will any foreign provider with roaming services do?

    Or to put it more simply: is the type of sim card used restricted in any way?
  2. steve10172 macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2009
    London UK
    Yes, you can buy iPad in USA and use in UK.
    I have bought iPad2 in USA and used with 3 Sim in UK.
    Buy AT&T iPad.
    If your UK sim card allows roaming, it will work in USA.
  3. jojoba thread starter macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    Great, thanks!
  4. anthrovisual macrumors regular

    May 27, 2008
    Why do you specify the AT&T iPad. I thought the 3rd generation iPad was the same for travelers in terms of sim capability. What is the advantage in the AT&T one?

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