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

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    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

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    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

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    Great, thanks!
     
  4. anthrovisual macrumors regular

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    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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