iPad mini iPad Mini SIM for UK

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  1. E3BK, Apr 30, 2013
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    E3BK macrumors 68020

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    Hi all. So I'm heading to London in a few weeks and was wondering if anyone had recommendations in which payg SIM I should get for my iPad Mini. I already have Orange for my AT&T iPhone 4S but wanted LTE service for my iPadM. (I guess I should ask if the Verizon iPadM can even get UK LTE? I know it's unlocked.)

    Does Orange have good LTE/HSPA+ service or should I look into 3? I'm there for 10 days and will not likely bring my Air. We may also head to Edinburgh for a couple of days so something that works up there would be great as well.

    Secondary question: the SIM i have w/ Orange is a few years old and I've kept it active and still works but I've not been to London for a while. Do I need to exchange the SIM to get HSPA+ on the 4S?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Internaut macrumors 6502a

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    There's no way to get pre paid LTE service in the UK at the moment. Three probably have the best dial channel HSPA+ coverage (and that's fast if you're in coverage) and a range of prepaid options.
     
  3. paulkerdot macrumors member

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    The Verizon ipad works on EE's 4g LTE network but not the AT&T version however as the previous reply said you cant get 4g LTE on pre pay. 30 day contracts are available but you need to pass a credit check and have a UK address. I doubt this would work for you. Again, the network 3 (www.three.co.uk) has really good 3g coverage with DC HSPA+ available in a lot of areas. London and Edinburgh will be well covered. "3" use 2100 Mhz so indoor coverage could be better but they give you a lot of data for little money. Ebay is a great place to buy pay go "3" sim cards.
     
  4. PharmDoc macrumors 6502

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    I second going with Three Uk. Good coverage and 3G speeds.
     
  5. E3BK thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I received my 3 UK sim today! But it seems you can't activate it from the US. Boo. For reference, I did activate my Orange SIM online and it worked the minute I landed. I was hoping to do the same w/ the 3 SIM but it seems that's not possible according to this.

    Unless, perhaps, I'm missing something. Entirely possible. lol.
     
  7. maxsquared macrumors regular

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    I've never ever needed to activate a 3 sim, and I use 3 for my iPhone and iPad...
     
  8. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

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    Same here i just put it in and turn mobile data on.

    Connects to the internet no log in, no password, no registration, no nothing!
     
  9. E3BK, May 20, 2013
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    3 said that the SIM I have is for iPhones, not iPads and that I would need to purchase a new one. I guess I was sent the wrong kind of SIM.

    Also, we've decided to take a little tour to the Highlands/Isle of Skye as well and 3 service doesn't look great. Recs on which provider works best up there? I assume all will have pretty good coverage in London/Edinburgh.
     
  10. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

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    3 Works fine in Edinburgh, for Skye and the Highlands you may need one of these :)
     
  11. jamjoy macrumors newbie

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    yeah,Connects to the internet no log in, no password, no registration, no nothing! thanks [​IMG]
     
  12. E3BK thread starter macrumors 68020

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    LOL. A+ answer...though I'd prefer to find a blue box.
     
  13. Mike Oxard macrumors 6502a

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    IIRC there is one in Edinburgh, at the entrance to Princes street gardens just after you cross over Waverly bridge.
     
  14. MLAM macrumors regular

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    Which 3 sim did you guys order for your iPads?
     

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