Is my iPad 2 "locked"?

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  1. terryblyth macrumors regular

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    Hi all,

    I'll be putting my iPad 2 3G up for sale soon, but have a question regarding it being locked to a carrier.

    I bought it around the launch date on contract from 3, so it was subsidised. I've since paid up-front for the remainder of the contract (April '13). Is there any reason why I can't take the SIM card out and carry on with my now pre-paid allowance in the new iPad?

    Also, when I sell it should I advertise that I bought it from 3? Or can anybody put whatever SIM they like in there? I'm hoping as I bought it on contract my specific SIM isn't tied to that specific iPad!

    I hope all that makes sense :)
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Only the iPads sold in Japan are locked to a carrier.
     
  3. drlunanerd macrumors 65816

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    Nope, they're locked in the UK if sold subsidised by a carrier.

    Good news is most (all?) UK carriers will unlock them for a fee.
     
  4. terryblyth, Mar 11, 2012
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    terryblyth thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yup, that makes sense on that count.

    Still cool to use my SIM in the new one without complications, and sell the iPad 2 to someone that wants to go with a 3 SIM though?
     
  5. drlunanerd macrumors 65816

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    No, I think it'll be locked to 3.
    Like I said, our carriers will unlock them now for a fee (certainly Vodafone will).
     
  6. terryblyth thread starter macrumors regular

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