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    Hello everyone. I've just bought my first apple product ofcourse the iPad, 2 days ago. I've been searching this forum for almost a month until I decided to look for my new tablet.

    It's been a whole day searching 64GB +3G from zhuhai, Macau until I have found it in Shenzhen which cost me US1000.

    It is still sealed in the box and got it from apple authorized reseller. It has an AT&T sim card inside when I open the sim card slot. At first, I can not access the apps store until I have created a US account and voilà, I have installed more than 50 free apps.

    I am very happy with my new iPad and I can access my ms exchange email, my kids love to play the games and I want to try the paid apps once I have access on Asian apple store 2 months from now.
    The unit can scan china mobile and china unicom but I still don't have the micro sim ready yet.
    Thanks to ipadforum and more power.
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    Welcome! And glad you joined us....

    Smart idea setting up a US account, at least you got some apps to play with until your store opens....
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    And a $1,000 for a 64-3G is not too bad. Welcome from Europe
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    Ni Hao from Guangzhou, you can access to US iTunes i have post article how to do in the international section here…. for the sim card you can buy (prepaid or contract) from China Unicom and cut the sim card as i do that work fine for me

    China Mobile their 3G is slow as it’s special 3G and don’t work well with apple products from oversea (iPhone/iPad)
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    Welcome to the forum! I hope the International section helps you out with some loopholes!
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    Hi IpadOne. Can you share how you cut your SIM card? Which cutting tool did u use? I still have my original AT&T SIM and i can follow the shape for me to cut the China Unicom. I am planning to get the sim this weekend. How about the setting (APN, etc.)?
    Thanks.:)
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    Welcome! I bungie jumped from the Macau tower a couple of years ago.

    I also don't think $1000 is so bad for the 64GB 3G. I paid about that much for mine under the "official" prices - and I'm still waiting for it.
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    Welcome on board from Australia please visit the internatioal forum when you get a chance

    Col
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    Hi sorry due to the size file i can’t give you the nice file how to do …


    concerning the network info i have ask a friend to give me the correct one (China Unicom), if you have an iphone is exactly the same but it’s based on each operator …

    i don’t recommend you to use China telecom for the 3G …


    don’t hesitate to ask me if you got some trouble
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    Thanks everyone for the warm welcome, ipadone thanks for the info. I will buy china unnicom sim and cut it. I will let you know if this will work on my iPad. :)
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    Welcome to the site, hope to see you around!!:)
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    Hi, I am from Texas (USA) and travel to China about 4 times each year. I normally live in Shunde and Guangzhou.

    I read a message you posted and you seem very knowledgeable about the Ipad.

    Is it possible for me to buy an Ipad in China, add a China Unicom SIM card, and be able to have GPS on the Ipad using Google maps?

    My goal is to use GPS + Google maps when I travel in China so I know where I am located. For example, I travel alone many times and if I am in Guangzhou city it would be very helpful to use Google Maps to know my location inside the city, and know the distance to the airport and other locations.

    Is this possible using the Ipad. Or can I use an external USB GPS with the Ipad and Google Maps?

    Thank you!
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    hi and welcome here, you can easily buy a pre-paid card China Unicom cut it buy your self enter the correct information in your ipad and voila

    Settings> Cellular Data> access point > APN : uninet

    enjoy your trip in china
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    Wait..... This website isn't blocked by the Chinese government? I thought they blocked everything.

    LOL just joking, welcome to the site.
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    Great. I have an additional question. I assume that the Ipad can access Google maps using the Unicom SIM card over the internet. So if I am in Guangzhou and I look at satellite view in Google maps on the IPad and see different parts of the city.

    Does the GPS in the IPad 3G work in China? In the USA, the IPad 3G will tell me my location using GPS (or GPS A using the cell phone towers). When I move in my car or walking the IPad will update my position on Google maps.

    Will the IPad 3G also receive GPS location instructions in China, or is this data blocked or restricted??
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    Howdy from New Mexico, USA. Welcome Pard.
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    No worry la , i live in GZ and use my iPad 3G as GPS with google maps you can also visit the city of with a place with the satellite map far as i have see they have update the maps og Guangzhou and Shenzhen
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    Howdy! Thanks to IpadOne for the answer to my IPad question. It may sound not so important, but I sometimes wander around China in the city I am visiting, and with my limited Chinese skills, having a GPS (even it it is accurate in 1 or 2 blocks) that works with Google Maps so I can see the satellite view would be great!

    I can explore and take trains between towns and have a good idea where I am located... if I should get off at one stop or the next. Until I learn to communicate better this should be a very helpful tool.

    And I can also use the 'Google Translate' feature with the internet service... or something similar if Google is blocked.

    Cheers!
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    google translate is working , but you have several free app’s work more better and faster for translate … my chinese is near than zero :D even i live here , for the GPS and translator my iPhone is my tool … many time when i want to go in some place i show the taxi driver the place in the map and that work fine for me , this is why i love all my Apple product that make life easiest than before … if you have any question feel free to ask me
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    Hi ipadone
    I have plan to Guangzhou on September and would like to know where to buy
    China unicom 3G sim , how cost? , can I buy it at 7 11 store?
    How long time I can use per one sim? Or how gb or mb I can use per one sim?
    Thank u very much

    Wat. From Thailand

    Sorry for my bad English :)

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