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can i use at&t ipad 2 on t-mobile.

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    Hello everyone,
    i'm looking to buy an ipad 2 when its become available. i'm interested in the at&t model because its gsm and it uses a sim card. however, i want to use it with t-mobile network. so my questions are, is the at&t ipad 2 locked to at&t network?
    does it use the small simcard kind that is on the iphone 4?

    If the ipad 2 were to be unlock from at&t network, and i can get a small simcard from t-mobile and able get data service from it. would i be able to take full advantage of the 3G capability of the ipad on t-mobile network? or is it just going to be EDGE connection.

    If the ipad 2 would not be able to connect to t-mobile network at 3G, then it would be a waste to spend the extra money even if it support edge. because my phone support hsdpa on tmobile and it is fast and i can just tether the ipad to it instead. but i would prefer to go all out if i can take advantage of the added function to its fullest potential.

    Thanks
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    No, you cannot

    In any event, it is not locked.

    This is not a telephone.

    AT&T's 3G data service is pay as you go, no contract. I almost never use mine as WiFi is available so universally. If I do need it, I can turn the 3G service on for the time I need it and then turn it off.
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    The only issue you might face is that you may need to activate it first on the AT&T network - maybe I'm wrong (I usually am!) but I've been reading posts from members who have bought an AT&T iPad and then found that they need to activate it before they can insert another non-AT&T microSIM.

    See the thread below for some information

    Other than that minor consideration, there's not any problem.

    http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-help/17319-no-service-coverage-area-help.html

    Tim
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    possible but unlocking is necessary..
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    Problem solved

    AT&T is buying T Mobile.
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    Even if you unlock it I believe the 3G frequencies are different at least they are for the phones
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    Great news!! Two networks for the price of one!!

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    Then iPad 3 will be out by then. It won't happen until 12 months after it's approved, if it is approved.
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    This is correct.
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    I'm currently running tmobile edge since I opened the box. Not the fastest but enough to get by when on the bus or train.

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    That's hard to believe, but I guess everybody has different Internet speed tolerance levels. When my iPhone on AT&T switches to Edge network from 3G, I am cursing up a storm at the sluggish response.
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    Tmobile and AT&T share the same EDGE connection type. Meaning you can use an iPad on tmobile, just not 3G. Which I would argue is the goal...
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    I was referring to the "enough to get by" comment. Yes, Tmobile and AT&T edge are compatible.
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    ipad2 with T-Mobile?

    Hi Dungther,

    Really!? So excited! I want to buy ipad2 3g model but I am hoping I could use it with T-Mobile prepaid. Are you using prepaid or monthly plan? Do they have micro sim or you bought a "custom-cut" one? Many thanks for your comments.
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    I have an extra line that I'm waiting for the contract to end. So might as well cut the sim and use it for my iPad. If I really need the speed, I'll just pop in the AT&T sim and pay for a month if I'm traveling but I'm ok with everything since I'm usually just surfing, FBing and tweeting.
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    hey i dont think so that we can use it..
    but reading other reviews i can change my point..
    thanks..
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    Just tether to your phone and get faster speed. $130 extra for 3G function and it's medeocer speed is not worth it. Beside, hot spots are everywhere and expanding.
    I use an xperia x10i that uses tmobile's hsdpa network bandwidth and I can download very fast when I tether my iPad. In the speed of 500kbps to 1.5Mbps. Very convenient and reliable connection when you need it. But not all the time, wifi tether kill battery fast!

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