iPad 1 help needed ~ going to Australia & New Zealand

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    Taking a borrowed iPad 1 to Australia and New Zealand next month so that we can keep in touch with family via email. I had an Apple tech help me set up my email account today. He says I need a GSM sim card to go online. Other times free wireless should be available at different spots on our month long trip which includes a cruise. How do I go about this?

    I am going to my internet provider, Comcast, to set up wireless access at home.

    As for personal info, I am a recently retired public relations writer and editor. Married with 7 grandkids! Pretty much a Luddite altho I have worked with Macs for 15 years.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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    I think that AT&T is needed in Europe ~ but I really do not know. I will move this to our international section. Might get better assistance!


    7 grandchildren? You are blessed!
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    Hi there and welcome.

    You'll need a local sim card for this, we have many helpful antipodean members and I'm sure one will be along soon with suggestions for the best service provider to use during your stay.......oh, and Marie, Australia and New Zealand aren't in Europe......but I'm sure that you knew that.......

    There is lots of good advice and info on here plus plenty of members all too willing to help with any problems.

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    Yes, of course! You know what I meant, brat.:p
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    I seem to recall that Colin suggests Telstra for Australia - they have a good PAYG plan.

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    Hi there,
    I'm in Australia. Tesltra do have the most comprehensive coverage, including more outback than anyone else, however they are also 'accepted' as being the most expensive.
    Nearly every McDonalds store has free wifi here, though it's not fast, it would certainly be more than fine for checking in with family/friends.
    Most cafes have free wifi with a drink, you usually have to ask for a password or similar.
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    Hi, I'm in Brisbane Australia, and Telstra in my opinion is the best and most dependable of all of the providers with the best coverage. You can purchase a sim card on line if you wish, I don't know if you have time to do this now before your trip, but you can also just visit a Telstra Store when you get here. They have stores at all our major shopping centers and more. There is a start up pack for $30.00 which includes 3G of data and lasts for a month which sounds like more than enough for what you need. There will be forms to fill out I'm afraid for security measures, it's not too involved but you will need identification. (Damn terrorists). It will have to be activated too and this can be done instore, they'll even put the sim in for you if you're not sure. Good luck and have a wonderful time here, which I'm sure you will, I've been to New Zealand a couple of times, it's a truly beautiful country too. Need any info?
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    I agree telsta is the best either prepaid over !6 months is lowest cost or my fy 5 devices wifi connection with 90 days access 110 Australian

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