Canadian iPad 3g in the US?

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    Hi,

    I was wondering what the best way would be to go about using my Canadian iPad 3G in the US? Will I be able to get a prepaid microsim down there and will it be compatible with my iPad? If so any recommendations on carriers? I will just be down for two weeks and don't want to pay ridiculous roaming charges.

    Thanks!
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    A number of service providers sell PAYG (pay as you go) microSIMs in the US - so you should have no problems at all. A couple of Forum posters, though, have reported difficulty with using Canadian credit cards to purchase these SIMs. I'm not sure why; I've never had a problem with a UK credit card.

    On my last couple of visits, though, I've relied on WiFi. There are so many - often free - WiFi hotspots in the US that I found I had very little need for my 3G connection. However, I was mainly based in urban areas - and Silicon Valley at that - so, if you're going to be in more rural areas that might not apply. I always visit Kinkos - the print and copy shop - they have free WiFi. So do most motels, malls, coffee shops, franchises.

    Hope you enjoy your trip.

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    As far as I know, only AT&T has a data plan for iPads (at least, for GSM ones). American Express credit cards work; I couldn't get a Canadian MasterCard to work.
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    Call AT&T, and see what they say. The worse that can happen is they will say they can't help you. The only other GSM carrier in the US is T-Mobile. You could call and ask them as well.

    Check both coverage maps and make sure it's worth your while for whatever locations you are visiting.
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    Thanks for your help everyone! Wifi will be helpful for parts of the trip but I will be spending a lot of time on the road (driving down to Austin) so we'll see how it goes. I'll see if I can get one of my credit cards to work.

    Thanks Again!

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