Please help: iPad 2 and travel/network issue

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Leia1912, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Leia1912 macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2007
    Greetings, all,

    I would like to use my iPad 2 for international travel, specifically, Russia.

    AT&T has said outright they don't cover St. Petersburg, Russia, where I mostly work.

    Verizon covers that area but not for the kind of data the iPad uses, according to their staff. :(

    Does anyone have any advice about what I should do? Is there some magic international hotspot device I could use, and just get the iPad to piggy-back off of its WiFi?

    Thanks for any input!
  2. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    I would check international websites. European countries often have prepaid data plans and sell you a Sim card for 10 EU and 2-5euro per day usages. They sometimes also have quite cheap data plans for a few month.

    I would try to see if you can buy such a plan in russia. It is certainly cheaper than a US plan with roaming.

    A good thing in my experience is a totally naive and friendly call to your consulate and simply ask them for tips. They live there and might have iPads privately and know how to go about it. In my experience they are often quite friendly with things like this.
  3. Leia1912 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2007

    Thanks for the input! A stupid question: Would it matter, then, which iPad I got (AT&T or Verizon), given that my goal would be to purchase a SIM card in Russia?
  4. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    As far as I know, sim cards are not used on verizon, they use something built into the device.
  5. ghostlyorb macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2010
    Virginia, USA
    I would say you would need a jailbroken iPad on AT&T.... and unlocked. Unless the iPad is already unlocked...
  6. Leia1912 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2007
    Okay, thank you all for your input! I'll get the AT&T iPad2 and jailbreak it and unlock it when I need to take it international.
  7. paduck macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2007
    iPads aren't supposed to be carrier locked. They do use a microSIM chip (if you get the GSM version which is the standard in Europe) and you might need to buy one of those to swap out. Otherwise, you should be fine.

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