Not quite a newbie

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions - Site Assistance' started by PatsTats, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. PatsTats

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    iPF Noob

    Apr 8, 2011
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    I just bought my second iPad, so I'm not quite new to it. However, this second device is 3G capable. My first was not (and now, with the release of iPad 3, you can get a bargain on the first gens quite easily). I joined this forum last year but never had any real cause to use it. Now I do because I'm trying to locate information on how to activate the 3G. I found a post in Google search...anyway, that's why I'm here.
  2. Gabriel1

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    iPad Legend

    Mar 11, 2011
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    Hi there and welcome.

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

    Remember, search is your friend. If you can't find the answer you need and you post a question then give as much info as you can to help members help you i.e. iPad 1 or 2, iOS version and name of app if the problem is with a specific app........and please don't forget to read the rules

    These are the hacking section rules for all you jail breakers (and would be jail breakers)

    We also have an app for this forum. The link to download the app is: Discussion Forum for iPad Users for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

    You can download the manual for your iPad here and in iBooks search for "iPad user guide for" and you will find free comprehensive manuals for both iOS 4 and 5.

    If you have other Apple products or are interested in other Apple kit then why not join our sister forum too at

    The Archangel
  3. Mickey330

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    Aug 30, 2010
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    Do you have the AT&T or the Verizon version? Oh, and are you in the USA? There are a couple of ways to activate the 3G (in the USA - I am unsure about plans not in the USA). Here's how to activate an AT&T account in the USA, maybe the Verizon one is the same?

    1) Go to your Settings > Cellular Data and turn on the cellular chip. Then, press on the View Account tab. If you don't already have an account, you create one. After giving your payment information, you should be good to go.

    2) Call the carrier (or visit them on the web) to open an account. Then, once it's activated, you can turn it on via the Settings app, just as in step one.

    One thing to remember is that you are buying data on a by-monthly basis. If you do not stop the purchase, the carrier will automatically bill you for another month. So, it's a permanent thing until you turn it off.

    Hope some of this is helpful. Do let us know how you get on. Oh, and if you already found out how to do all this, then all I can say is "yay, and welcome back!" :D


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