iPad mini Can I use my iPad mini in another country w/their local carrier?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MK25toLife, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. MK25toLife macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2007

    I have done a fair amount of digging on this subject and haven't found the answer I'm looking for. It seems everyone is divided on whether it actually comes unlocked or not. I can say that I called AT&T and gave them my IMEI number and they said it WAS locked.

    I will be headed to Thailand where there is no 4G, can I just swap in a SIM and use their 3G network without any issues? If not, what would I need to do to unlock the mini?

    Can someone help me put this answer to rest once and for all?
  2. thewitt macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2011
    Did you buy it at full retail or with a carrier subsidy?
  3. MK25toLife thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2007
  4. temna macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2008
    Then just buy a local SIM card and you're good to go..
  5. charlituna macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Unless you buy your iPad at a carrier store and sign a service contract to get discount, it is unlocked. And that discounted one might be unlocked also.

    The only catch is to find a carrier with the right size sim. Get that and you are good to go
  6. DesertEagle macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2012
    /home @
    Since you're going to Thailand, I recommend DTAC/Happy for prepaid SIM with possibility to buy extra Internet access. Good coverage and only 20-30 $/mo. for unlimited 3G. You can of course use the 3G network even if they don't have LTE in Thailand.


    Have a nice trip to Thailand :)
  7. LaptopNomad macrumors newbie


    Feb 24, 2013
    About using local prepaid nanosim cards - if a cellular network uses SMS text messaging for topping up balance and balance checks, it won't work with the iPad.

    The iPad doesn't support SMS text messaging using the cellular number associated with the nanosim card.
  8. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    Just recharge at one of the companies stores. They'll remove your sim card and recharge it in one of their phones. They'll be happy to help you.

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