The iPad In China

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Seo, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. Seo macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2009
    Cupertino, California
    I'm a foreign exchange student studying in China and I'm really looking forward to getting an iPad. I'm extra hopeful it'll be sold here as well since the Chinese Apple site has had an iPad page ever since the iPad was announced, although it wouldn't be too much of a problem since I can just get one from the states (as long as there aren't any serious compatibility problems).

    Apple products have worldwide warranty, and there's an Apple store nearby, so I'm not really worrying about it not working. But is there any chance that an iPad bought in China will be more suitable than an American iPad? I'm heading back to the states in a year and a half, so if it's not too big of a disadvantage, I'd be fine with it.

    Any news on 3G data consumption in China? China Mobile uses their own homebrew standard, but I don't believe China Unicom supports Micro SIMs. Anyone have more info on that?

    And since I have an American iTunes Account, could I buy books from the iBookstore? Would a VPN circumvent the limitation? Are there any legal implications with doing this?
  2. xwai macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2010
    CHU don't have micro sim card. but many people here (include myself) intent to go to ZhongGuanCun if you're in beijing, and cut the size of the regular sim card to make it work.
    And for the last question, i'm living in beijing and have a itunes u.s. account, i can buy apps and musics without any restriction. So i think, it should work for ibooks as well, seems the only identification is the registration country of your apple-id, not the location of where you logging into the itunes store.
  3. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2008
    Palo Alto, CA
    The MicroSIM really isn't anything, you can just cut a SIM card up.

    There should be no issues whatsoever.
  4. Seo thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2009
    Cupertino, California
    Whoa, really? I wasn't aware of that, thanks for the pointer! Which deal are you planning on signing up for (3G)?

    Cool, that's great. I don't buy books very often anymore, and I hope that the iBookstore will give me much easier access to books (for a cheaper price as well).

    Thanks for the help guys!
  5. guycross macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2010
    Can you guys in China buy any books/music/videos from iTunes?
  6. xwai macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2010
    yes, we can, as long as you have a register apple-id with U.S. as your nation. Itunes requires u.s. credit card, which i don't have, but i can choose "none" option, and redeem with an itunes gift card. I've bought some songs, tv serious and apps. i suppose it should be work on ibookstore, too.
  7. stil macrumors member


    Mar 4, 2008
    Not just the US store. I have a Canadian credit card and buy apps, music and video from the Canadian iTunes store. When iBooks is available in Canada it will be the same.

    My local Apple dealers are definitely expecting the iPad in China soon.

    OP, I doubt there will be any difference in the iPad world-wide. So it won't matter if you buy from the US or China except for cost. For the iPhone I feel I was better of by buying a Hong Kong model because it was factory unlocked but this won't matter with the iPad.
  8. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    Just an FYI - i don't believe ALL apple product have a worldwide warranty.

    Check on that if it impacts where you buy from!
  9. xwai macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2010
    definitely, think about the time capsule... the apple store refused to repair it even i'm willing to pay...:(

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