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    Thanks for your post Tim. I bought my iPad on the Internet direct from apple. You can also order a free sim card through the apple site, which is what I did and I chose orange because they seem to have the cheapest pay as you go plan. Hopefully that means the iPad is unlocked and I can use a sim card from any other company. Purchasing a local sim card seems like the most sensible thing to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexh View Post
    Thanks for your post Tim. I bought my iPad on the Internet direct from apple. You can also order a free sim card through the apple site, which is what I did and I chose orange because they seem to have the cheapest pay as you go plan. Hopefully that means the iPad is unlocked and I can use a sim card from any other company. Purchasing a local sim card seems like the most sensible thing to do.
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    Yes -- absolutely for sure, if you bought it from Apple, it's not SIM-locked, so you're good to go with any SIM card. If you're going to be using it abroad, you might want to check in advance whether the local service provider has microSIMs readily available, they're not that common yet. I usually take a SIM cutter with me (see Amazon) in case I get stuck somewhere that I can only find a regular SIM. The difference between a regular SIM and a microSIM is only the trimming off of some excess plastic and a SIM cutter (they're quite cheap) has a slot into which you can fit a regular SIM and then, in one go, it guillotines off the excess plastic and trims it down to size. The advantage of getting a cutter is that you also get an adaptor with the cutter that the microSIM can fit into that takes it back to a normal size, in case you want to use that SIM in another device that doesn't accommodate microSIMs.

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