Att air card and i-pad

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    I have an ATT air card (usb) that I have used in my Lap Top for several years now and have paid ATT more that I would like to admit for it's use. The thing is a ATT 3g usb Sierra Connect card 881 module that has the small sim chip in it. Would it work in the I-Pad? ...Ethically? Legally?

    Jerry (the male component of jerliz)
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    It ought to work... if you got a microsim. The minisims in most data sticks won't fit. You can trim them, but it's a finicky business and you can damage the SIM card. You'd have to configure your APN, etc. manually.

    As to ethics... such data plans tend to cost more than the iPad-specific plans so I don't see an ethical issue with it, personally.
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    Real Noob in this area.
    Is it possible to convert an I-pad from the Wi-fi model to the 3g model simply adding the sim card I am presently using with my ATT Sierra card. Or do I need to buy a so called "3g" model up front. Then try to modify the card. And, I don't know whether I am up to that at this point either.

    Thanks for your patience. I was too embarrassed to ask any of my students as they already think they know it all. The problem is they let you know it.

    Jerry
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    If you have a WiFi-only iPad, there is a little problem... there is no place to put the SIM card! (Plus it doesn't have the 3g circuitry)

    Nice try!

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