Eurpean use

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    Have a Verizon chip in my ipad3. I am going to Europe this summer. Can I remove the Verizon chip and insert the local european chip for use?
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    I'm wondering the same thing. We'll be in six countries.
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    Unless the iPad is SIM-locked (which is here a common practice if your mobile device is co-funded by the carrier) there is no problem in doing so. However mobile telphony is rather expensive over here and free wifi is available at many places...

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    UK has many cheap 'pay as you go' sim deals from most carriers, as do most countries, i.e. Spain, Ireland, etc. Shop around on arrival, T-Mobile and 3 mobile are very good IMHO.
    Verison iPads will work in Europe but only on 3G as USA uses it's own bandwidth for 4G and this does not match European standards.

    Oh, and might be wise to bring a SIM cutter along (don't cost much) as not every carrier has the best deal on a microSIM. One quick cut and a normal SIM card will fit
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    The ipad 3 is not sim-locked. Get the new microsim from whatever country you're in - using an unlocked GSM phone might be a good way to validate that the line works and be able to send text messages to buy a prepaid data plan.

    Remove the verizon SIM, connect with wifi and visit Edited by Moderator - no external links to download the carrier specific SIM data APN settings. Put in the local microsim.

    Upon return to the US, remove the app you installed with the unlockit APN settings for your foreign microsim and put the Verizon one back in place.
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    I didnt think the Verizon units has a SIM card, so you may have an issue. I have the AT&T version Ipad and it is working fine with a Megafon sim in Russia. $12 for 3 gig per month, no ongoing charges, or contracts.
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