Aussie using iPad in US and Canada - advice please
This is a discussion on Aussie using iPad in US and Canada - advice please within the North America forums, part of the iPad Travel Forum category; Originally Posted by iVan
Originally Posted by Stefx
Originally Posted by ozgirl
Thanks Stefx, what do you suggest for my time in Canada?
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I fail to see why that would be a reason to choose Rogers.
Originally Posted by iVan
Pick a supplier based on the quality andvalue of itsservice, not based on its parent company.
Try the app TowerLocator if you know where you will stay and see which supplier hs antennas close by.
In my case it was Rogers
Also, a year ago Bell had a horrible iPad support. It could have changed.
03-04-2011 08:17 PM
Rogers used to be a subsidiary of AT&T but it isn't anymore.
iPad 3G 64 GB
Data plans: Bell (.ca), Rogers (.ca), AT&T (.us)
I bought my ipad in Australia last December before heading to the US for Xmas/NY.
I bought an AT&T micro sim from a store in Orange CA for $15 (they charge for the micro sim unlike here in Oz.) It was a hassle finding a store that sold them. I suggest you buy the micro sim here off ebay before you go. The issue I found was Best Buy and most of the electronic/mobile phone shops did not stock the micro sim for ipad. You have to go to a "Corporate AT&T store".
Here's 4 for sale, but they come up regularly.
AT&T ATT iPad 3G iPhone 4 Mini Micro SIM Card (eBay item 150542451605 end time 03-Apr-11 01:47:14 AEDST) : Phones
I used a prepaid CBA Travel card to pay the $25 for 2GB and used the address of the corporate store and it activated without an issue.
Hope this helps.
Thanks Drummo, that is very encouraging!! When you activated did you get these options and if so how did you proceed? (I have just clicked on a link from an ebay site just to have a look at options before getting sim.)
* Which best describes your activation type?
New customer or Add a line Select this option if you are:
A new AT&T Wireless customer and you are activating your new wireless phone
ORAn existing AT&T Wireless customer and you are activating a phone for a new line you have added to your account.
Upgrade phone Select this option if you are an existing AT&T Wireless customer and you are:
Upgrading your phone and need to activate the new phone.
Add a line and Upgrade a phone Select this option if you are an existing AT&T Wireless customer and you:
Upgrade a phone - replaced old phone and you need to activate the new phone
ANDAdd a line - you have added another line to your account and need to activate the new phone.
Pay As You Go
* Wireless number
* Verification method
Select method Billing or shipping ZIP code Last four digits of Social Security number Last four digits of Tax ID number
* Verification number
when you buy the sim it allocates you a "cellular data number." The way it works is you buy 2GB for $25 or 30 days whichever comes first and then recharges automatically every 30 days. Once inserted in the iPad it takes you straight to the AT&T site where you enter an address and credit card for payment. You can then recharge the card online if you use the 2GB within the 30 day period. The only thing you have to do is cancel your account before leaving the US. Don't get caught like I did, I was planning on cancelling the account (done from inside the settings tab on your ipad) when flying out from LAX but couldn't get connection from within the airport. It hasn't mattered as there was no credit left on the card by the end of the trip.
Sorry to be so specific but I thought you'd prefer the details.
As mentioned earlier you can only buy ipad micro sims from AT&T Corporate Stores so check out where they are. I bought mine from the AT&T store at 1345 Sth Harbour Blvd Fullerton CA. Ph. +714 870 9912 (it's about 10 mins from Disneyland.
Ok thanks, guess I'll work it out when the time comes. So basically any AT&T micro sim for iPad off of ebay will do the trick?
When I get there I insert and then I will have the opportunity to select the plan?
I think I will be going for their international plan to save the hassle of doing it all over again a week later in Canada!
Yes an AT&T micro sim, my main problem was Best Buy and mobile phone shops did not have the micro sim. I'm not sure about Canada though.
Originally Posted by ozgirl
I dont think you want AT&T's international plan for Canada
I don't remember exact numbers, but a few months ago that int'l plan was something like 90$ for 200MB, outrageous.
*** edit ***
I just checked AT&T's web site
Canadian data roaming is 0.015$ per KB
That's 15$ per MB, or 15 000$ per Gigabyte
Last edited by Stefx; 03-14-2011 at 12:48 AM.
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