iPad Can I use my iPhone sim card in the ipad?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by stanleyboy, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. stanleyboy macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2009
    Portsmouth, England, UK
    Just wondering if I can put my iPhones sim card in the ipad to use the Internet. I'm from the uk and I'm on the o2 network and with my contract plan I have unlimited use of Internet, so do people think I would be able to put the sim in the ipad for unlimited Internet use? :confused:

    Any info and opinions much appreciated
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Theoretically this should work because the iPad is not locked and not picky. Practically, I have to say it might.

    Although if I heard right, the iPad uses a smaller SIM card... you might want to check on that.
  3. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    unless ur phone has a micro sim and mine does not so no (i have an iphone)
  4. renewed macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2009
    Bemalte Blumen duften nicht.
    Yeah it uses a micro-sim. They most likely did this to avoid us swapping one sim between our iPhone and the iPad... saving us $30 a month.
  5. Mystikal macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2007
    Irvine, CA
  6. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Wonder if u can tether thru a jb iPhone?
    I guess we have to wait 3 months.
  7. Jeffrosproto macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2008
    Im sure you can with something like mywi, seeing as I can with an iPod touch right now.
  8. andylyon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Smart move to make you fork out even more money, I hate them for that.
  9. CalMin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    Would a 3rd-party adaptor be possible? It seems ridiculous to have to pay for two data plans. That's like when before wi-fi was widely available, my ISP wanted me to pay for EACH computer I connected to my cable modem.
  10. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    In all honesty, if they don't allow tethering to the iPhone (and it doesn't look like they will) then this might convince me to jailbreak my phone.
  11. jmorgan40 macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2010
  12. trayanscragg macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2010
    I use MyWi to tether my iPhone 4's 3G network with my WiFi iPad and it works outside anywhere it saves me a lot of money rather than buying the 3g version.
  13. AmbientGuy, Feb 1, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2011

    AmbientGuy macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    Where do you guys get hold of MyWi? Ive looked on the Apple App store but cant see it. Is it only for jailbraked iphones?

  14. AmbientGuy macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2009
    ahh... yes seen it on the web. Jailbroken iphones only :-( Dont really want to do that.
  15. KINetics macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2004
    Works fine if you cut down the sim to the micro sim size. You can use an exactoknife or buy one of those specialty cutters. Just save the trimmed off portion so you can reuse it if you need to get it back to full size.

    I used an exactoknife and it worked fine.

    In fact I am using my AT&T blackberry SIM and data plan in the iPad.

    No problems. You just have to change the APN settings in the iPad.
  16. clue3030 macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2010
    Yes u can as long as u have a micro sim, I have my iPhone 4 sim card in mine as I type this on my iPad. But you have to change your APN on your iPad for it to work. The APN that is in 4.2.1 is not editable, but u can go to unlockit's web site to change your APN...
  17. Buchow, Apr 18, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011

    Buchow macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2011
    Easier Soluntion

    Just update to 4.3.x on your iphone4. This will give you the 'Wifi Personal Hotspots' feature which will allow you to turn your iphone into a wireless hotspot which you can then connect to with your ipad's wifi.

    If your iphone is Jailbroken then you can install an app called 'TetherMe', and also an app called 'TetherMe APN Editing'.

    These apps allow you to edit the APN settings used when using 'Personal Hotspots' so your data provider won't be able to detect it as internet tethering, and therefore wont charge you.

    o2 expected me to pay for two 3G contracts, one for my iphone4 and one for my ipad2 which I think is ridiculous, if i'm paying for 1GB a month then what does it matter to them what device i'm downloading it from. Imagine if broadband suppliers demanded you have separate broadband accounts for each computer/device in your home.

    So there you go, no need to swap SIM cards, no need for 3G on your ipad2 and no extra charges! :D
  18. OceanView macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2005
    I have TetherMe installed, what settings do I need to set so that AT&T won't know that I am using my iPhone to tether my iPad?
    Currently it has

    Cellular Data
    APN phone

    Visual Voicemail
    APN acds.voicemail

  19. Buchow, Apr 19, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2011

    Buchow macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2011
    Settings -> TetherMe

    Turn APN Selection to 'Off'.

    Select the 'Mobile Data Network' option.

    You will see APN settings for 'Mobile Data', 'Visual Voicemail', 'MMS', and finally 'Internet Tethering'.

    Copy the details from 'Mobile Data' to 'Internet Tethering'.
    (password will be masked *, a quick search on google should find this)

    ps: I always make sure I enable 'Hotspots' through TetherMe and not the iphone 'Personnal Hotspot' menu (even though they look the same) to make sure it uses the custom APN settings, not sure if this is necessary though.

    pps: After a very quick search it appears APN phone was used by AT&T to stop people doing what has been described above by kind of 'hiding' the APN settings, but fortunately it didn't work and loads of people have found ways of getting the APN settings:
    APN: wap.cingular
    Password: CINGULAR1

    Hope this helps! :)
  20. MrSubC macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2011
    Yes you can

    You definitely can use your iPhone microsim card in your iPad 3G. I have done it myself. I didn't have to change any setting on my iPad 2 3G. It picked up my carrier automatically.

    To check if the iPhone microsim card is really working on the iPad 2 3G, I turned of wifi on the iPad with the iPhone card inserted. I then opened Safari and was able to web surf. I also opened other apps that I know for sure require internet connection and they all worked.

    Enough said.
  21. mrrippey macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2009
    What I do with my iPhone 4 and iPad 1 (waiting for my iPad 2 this week).

  22. Buchow macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2011
    This will only work if your data provider allows it.
    They will be able to detect which device you connecting from and will be able to block the data transfers at their own discretion.
    If your dataprovider allows you to swap sims then your lucky as most see it as a chance to force you into purchasing another sim card.

    With O2, when I used my iPhone4 micro sim in my iPad2, it did work (as in it was compatible and connected to the 3G network) but a message box was displayed saying my SIM can't be used on this device, it then remained connected but blocked all data transfer.
  23. taylordr61 macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2011
    Same issue

    I also have an ipad 2 and cut down my BB sim with an unlimited data plan and AT&T blocked it after 48 hours and I had to reinstate it. However it will no longer work in the ipad 2.

    Since they have the ability to charge alot for data I am a little worried that they will charge me an arm and a leg if unblock it and use it.
  24. CAWjr macrumors 6502


    Jan 19, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    That's what I thought too. I still have a 3GS, but I thought the iP4 & iPad 2 both used micro SIMs. Is that not the case?
  25. MrSubC macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2011

    You definitely can if you have an iphone 4. The microsim card is common to both iPhone 4 and iPad1/2 3G. I have tried it myself - disabled wifi and inserted my iPhone 4 microsim card into the iPad 2 3G. It works.

    If you ask any Apple Store staff, the standard line is misleading and nobody would give a straight yes or no.

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