Sim Card not supported
This is a discussion on Sim Card not supported within the iPad Help forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by u07jrb
Well. I went to apple today and found out that the ipad i bought was locked to vodaphone!!! I didn't know ...
only way I can think of right now is getting an unlock code from Vodafone, but since you didn't buy it from them originally, dunno if they will provide you with it, even if they did, they will charge you for the privilege
Originally Posted by u07jrb
other options are...
suck up to the apple staff....
find some mobile phone store and get them to do it, again, they will charge, but more than likely less than vodafone
05-06-2011 12:20 PM
i want to ask what happened when you go to mobile phone store? becouse i have same problem i bought ipad 2 from ebay , and everything is just like with your problem
I can't speak for the iPad 2 but with my old iPad 1 the carrier is locked in when the sim is first inserted - so if the previous owner had inserted a Vodafone sim into the iPad it would be tied to that carrier. In my case the previous owner had put a 3 sim in and the carry was locked to 3 but a full reset on the iPad removed the restriction / carrier tie and any sim thereafter could be used.
I have not tried a sim in my iPad 2 yet mainly because I tether the device and only opted for the 3G version so memory maps would work when I am out green laning
ok but i bought new ipad 2 , i think its never open
It's not the SIM card that 'locks' the iPad or iPhone. It's the 'phone or iPad itself that is locked and this means that it can only be used on that carrier's SIM that it's locked to.
Originally Posted by petszata
An unlocked iPad or iPhone is always unlocked - irrespective of which carrier's SIMs it's used with.
In the early days of the iPad none of them were locked. But, latterly, in the UK several carriers are offering locked iPads at heavily discounted rates if you sign up for a monthly data contract. Unscrupulous people are obtaining these iPads, defaulting on their contracts and then offering the iPads for sale on eBay etc. The seller usually fails to mention that the iPad is locked.
I really don't know what the solution is here - I'd be very surprised if you could contact the seller and get your money back and, as far as I'm aware, there's no way to unlock an iPad at present. So it seems to me that the only way forward is to obtain a PAYG card from the carrier that the iPad is locked to. What I don't know is whether the carriers are tracking the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity - it's 'sort of' an electronic serial number) of these 'contracted locked' iPads and, as a result, will insist on the user 'picking up' the monthly contract on which the original purchaser defaulted.
We've had several Members (only in the UK so far - any other countries have locked iPads?) who have been caught out by purchasing iPads off eBay.
So my advice would be, if you're tempted to purchase an iPad off eBay or Craigslist be very very careful that it's not locked. I don't know how you can possibly tell this if the item is being shipped to you by post, though.
Hopefully the authorities will get onto this soon.
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