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iPad 1 from USA on Russian carrier without ATT activation

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by gray_mouse, Apr 4, 2011.

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    In this thread I will report how iPad 1 works on a 3G carrier in Russia. Will it work or fail miserably? iPad was bought in USA, flown over, and unpacked in Russia. It was never activated with AT&T. Russian carrier chosen for this is megafone.ru, largely because I already have their SIM card. But MTC would have been better because they have more towers.

    Today I cut my standard sized SIM card and stuck in inside. iPad says:

    Restricted Network
    Your selected cellular network is restricted. You can choose a different network in settings.
    Dismiss | Settings

    I believe this is because there is no plan on this SIM, cause I haven't used it since summer.

    So tomorrow at 8 in the morning I will be at megafone's office getting a 100 meg plan. If all goes well I'll upgrade to half a gig.

    So what will it be a success or a compleat failure. Tune in tomorrow to find out!
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    Удачи!
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    SUCSESS!!

    It works! They give u a SIM, u stick it in, and that's all to it. Cost me 150 rubles for 100 megabytes.

    Thus no ATT activation is required.
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    Thankyou for letting us know. That will help a lot of folks who want to purchase iPad2s from the US. Keep in touch and let us know if you have any other issues.

    Good to hear from you.

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    That comes out to 5 USD for 100 MB. cheaper than AT&T!

    How's the speed?
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    I've got iPad 1.

    Also heard apple is cheaper in Arab emirates.

    If you buying iPad or other apple, go ahead and get a case for it right away. In Russia I just spent 1450 rubles for skinny sleeve, I'm sure it cost like 5 buck on eBay.
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    Not bad when on 3G. Sucky on edge.

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