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iPad 2 GSM / Unlocked

Discussion in 'iPad Carriers' started by Galihad, Sep 14, 2011.

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    Hello everybody.......

    I am new here so be easy on me :confused:

    I am considering buying a new iPad 2 64 gig Unlocked. Trying to get educated on the pro's and con's of what advantages / disadvantages there are with unlocked system. Is it the same as jailbreak?

    Can I use any carrier to access 3g network....(Verizon/AT&T)?
    I am really trying to free up my options for 3g access.

    Thank,
    Galihad
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    U.S. iPads aren't locked. You can buy a wifi-only model or 3G model that's GSM or CDMA. The GSM one will let you switch out the SIM card. The CDMA one doesn't use a SIM card. Verizon is CDMA. AT&T is GSM.

    Jailbreaking doesn't have to do with unlocking. There's a Hacking section on the forum, but since you don't know the difference between unlocked and jailbreaking, you might want to put the horse before the cart.
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    Unlocked and jailbreak are two sort different concept...
    Meanwhile the ipads in the United States are all unlocked.
    Unlock means that you can use the network 3g or gsm all through the country with no limits...
    Been jailbroken,you can process many kinds of devices you want,and custom desktop etc...
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    One other issue if you decide to go with 3G is that the Verizon model of iPad won't work outside the US and a few other countries - the AT&T model will work world-wide. So, if you plan to use your iPad outside the US, go for AT&T. If not, you might want to view the respective carrier's coverage maps to see who has the best coverage for the areas that you're interested in.

    Tim
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    IIRC GSM 3G only works stateside while on AT&T's network. If you plug in a T-Mobile SIM (for example) you only get Edge at best.

    What about overseas? Can I get 3G from all GSM carriers?

    Tnx,
    J
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    Is there a way to know if an ipad2 is jailbroken or unlocked?
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    May i ask where will i base my 3g consumption on the cellular usage? On the sent or received stats? This is helpful to monitor if i already consumed the allotted MB of my internet usage, my data plans allocation is only 250MB per month. Thanks!

    Thanks,
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    Add them both up, and that's your usage.
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    Yes, you can get 3G on other GSM networks outside of the US.

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