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    iPad from eBay has no SIM card?

    I bought an Ipad off ebay and while I do like it, it doesn't have a SIM card? How do I go about getting one? How much will a SIM card run me?

    Before I get crucified I bought from ebay because I couldn't find one locally and it was only 600 dollars (16gb 3G).


    This was our first Mac product and it was so nice we bought a Macbook pro the very next day! Definitely no going back to pc...

    Looking forward to being a positive member of the MAC community. Any light you can shed on my problem would be GREAT. Many thanks in advance.

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    he may have sold you a 16gb wifi instead.. Does he have good feedback?
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    I think he sold me the 3G model? It does have that red plastic at the top like a TV remote control.

    The guy has been aloof though.

    So any ideas on how to get a sim card? How much they cost?

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    You have to sign up for a data feature with a wireless mobile provider and they will provide you a micro sim card.

    Depending on how much data you're going to use, the price will range from 15 to 35 dollars a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beedubb View Post
    I think he sold me the 3G model? It does have that red plastic at the top like a TV remote control.

    The guy has been aloof though.

    So any ideas on how to get a sim card? How much they cost?
    "Red plastic at the top"?!??

    SIM cards are available here:

    Replacement Micro-SIM for Apple iPad (TM) - Cell Phone Accessories - Wireless from AT&T

    or your local ATT factory store.

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    The plastic 'window' at the top of the iPad isn't red. If yours is, it's a problem. Is there a micro-sim drawer on the left side as you hold with the home button down?

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    You are correct my iPad does not have red plastic at the top. It does resemble a TV remote though. I guess ipads don't come with a sim card right out of the box?

    I do appreciate the assistance everyone!!! Thanks so much.

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    The iPad 3G comes with a sim card from the factory. With the hold button on the bottom, there will be a small slot on the upper left frame side. If there is not one there, you have been scammed and sold a 16G at $100 profit for him. If there is one, I would be cautious because it may be that the unit is stolen and that is why they pulled the card out, so it could not be tracked. Call me a sceptic, but I have little faith in eBay.

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    I have both the WiFi and 3G iPads. The 3G has a micro-sim slot on the left hand side of the frame. iPad 3G ships with a micro-sim and give an error warning when the sim is not inserted (even if you have not signed up with a service). So, I hope you have the slot which comes with an Apple provided small diameter tool to remove the sim holder and micro-sim. (note: a small paper clip might fit as well).

    I did have AT&T replace my micro-sim (normally a $15 fee for another SIM), but since their database was hacked, the sim serial is linked to the registered owner's email address. The only way to unlink the cellular sim from you is to change the micro-sim, and AT&T was kind enough to provide another micro-sim for free. The new sim retained my unlimited data plan days and it worked fine without any (re) activation problem.

    I'd go to at AT&T store, tell them you just got it and that you want to use the their 3G service and need a new micro-sim. It also avoids the past AT&T security breach. Good luck.

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    If you have a plastic strip at the top then it is a 3G, the wifi only versions are only aluminum on the back (except the Apple logo). No, they don't come with a SIM card.


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