Richard here in Florida, US. My wife and daughter are going to be in Spain this summer for a month, teaching and traveling. We bought an iPad2 a few months back knowing that they would be going to Spain this summer. When purchased, we had to choose AT&T or Sprint, and decided to go with AT&T as her designated provider. However, due to the exorbitant prices here in Florida for a usage plan, we never activated her AT&T account, and she relies upon wireless at home, her school, restaurants, etc. Works pretty well without a data usage plan.
When she gets there, she will probably want to make sure that she has a data plan, rather than risking reliance upon WiFi. How extensive is WiFi coverage in Spain? Would you recommend that she purchase a month's data plan or rely upon WiFi?
If you recommend that she go with a data plan, I guess she will need to have a compatible SIM card. Is there already a SIM card inside of her iPad2, even though we never activated her data plan with AT&T? I ask because I am unclear as to what you mean by the shops in Spain having SIM cutters. Do they physically break/cut a SIM card inside of her iPad? Can the SIM card (if actually cut) be replaced afterwards?
Are there still pay as you go plans available? If so, roughly how much do they charge nowadays. My wife and daughter will be in many different regions, including extended time in and around Madrid and Barcelona. Want to find them good service levels at most reasonable subscription prices.
Look forward to your kind response, and am happy to have found this website and forum.
Richard in S.E. Florida (near Fort Lauderdale), U.S.