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3G International for Travel

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by abredt, Sep 17, 2010.

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    I have an iPad with 3G in it, but I do not use 3G here in the USA. I want to use it in Italy using 3G.

    What do I have to do?

    I looked at the ATT site and it has different costs for different amounts of data. What data is it talking about? How can I estimate the amount of data I will need? I would use it for internet websites like google-earth, reading newspapers, and email.

    Thanks, ab
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    Far cheaper to get a sim card in Italy than to pay AT&T roaming rates. Most Canadian carriers don't even permit roaming on their iPad plans.
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    Sorry, but I don't understand. If I buy a SIM card in Italy, what do I do with it? How much does one cost? How do I know how much it would cost to access the internet on my iPad?

    ab?
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    You'd have to research that yourself, but yes, you'd simply buy a SIM card from an Italian provider (e.g. Wind) that provides iPad packages. AT&T's roaming rates are very expensive; you'd probably get ten times as much data buying native coverage as you'd get roaming with AT&T.
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    There are WiFi hot spots everywhere now. I think that your best and cheapest bet would be to use those instead of the 3G.
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    I'll second PhotoJim's suggestion.

    I've come back from Milan last week and simply used a Vodafone prepaid
    SIM card ( at the time there were "summer promotion" 1EUR for a day, unlimited ).

    I've paid on 10EUR for the starter pack.

    Just shop around for the best available package.
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    Do internet places usually have computers someone can use or do we have to take the iPad with us?

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