Took the iPad 2 for a long road trip overseas.......

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  1. ipadtraveler

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    iPad while traveling

    Earlier this year I was in Egypt during the uprising. Before I left the USA I subscribed to a one month use on Vodafone. My iPad worked great when I was able to get on-line so I was able to let my family know I as okay. My question is, why did the iphone work if the ipad didn't? I'm getting ready to cruise from Istanbul thru the Med. Will a simcard allow me to use iPad on land if not on the ship?
     
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    Man, my apologies for the delayed reply. Just got back from Vietnam.

    @jdembinski - no sir, it is good to go out of the box. Nothing needs to be done.

    @shoppingtrolley - I'm happy to report that it works in Vietnam too. A micro SIM card does not come easily in HCMC (Saigon) but these guys are just real savvy. They all have SIM card punches! We got ours from a mobile store just outside of Ben Thanh Market. She re-cut a standard SIM for us, used her earring to pop open the slot and voila! Worked right off the bat. I don't have the exact address but here's what I got....the store has a sign reading 'SIM CARDS' and it is located on the north side of Le Thanh Ton, between Nguyen Trung Truc and Thu Khoa Huan streets.

    @idave23 - Will try Dave. I chalk a lot of miles overseas yearly but mostly Asia. Have a couple of new locations coming up in the next 12 months.

    @Dee Ashley - I'm still working on the basic design. I have looked at a lot of bags in the last month alone. It's about finding a good balance because no matter what one comes out with, you can't satisfy everyone.

    @ipadtraveler - Wow, I wish I was there at Tahrir Square. That was a historic moment in time. I'm glad to hear that you got home safely. FYI, there is no reason that I know of that the iPad should not work where the iPhone does. I could be wrong so someone please chime in if I am.

    That said, I have a single experience with this.....landed back in DC and my BB was out of juice. I had one prepaid Thai SIM card in my travel phone and another in my iPad. I tried to connect and send my wife an email (roaming was on) and but it didn't go through. I could, however, make a call thro my travel phone, long distance as you can imagine.

    Now, on a separate note, I've had several occasions where a prepaid SIM card from one country (especially when I've just landed) works in another - Thai card working in Malaysia.

    Anyway, hope all this info is of some help to you folks. Travel safe.

    Helm
     
  3. augratin

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    Thanks for the feedback. I wonder why micro-sims are so hard to come by? I think both Viettell and Vinafone sell the iPad now, so it seems to me they should be able to furnish a visitor with a micro-sim card. When I went to Thailand last February, DTAC gave me a sim that worked very well. Even out in the countryside and many floors underground (in the subway) DTAC has a strong 3G signal.
     
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    Hi there! We've just come back from Indonesia, and we eventually got a card for my iPad2 in a small warung just of Bandung, Lembang, where the main man did a fantastic CUTTING with scissors a test card from a regular sim card, with me practically fainting! it worked so then he again traced my Australian Microsim on the Telkomsel card I was going to buy. my faith was in his hands! very precisely he cut it out and when we put it in to the pad it worked........perfectly!!!!!!!!!
    it truly made life in Indonesia wonderful, as did all the highlights we had over there! we were able to use the GPS to locate exactly where our driver and just us two were in Java. And there were some pretty remote locations!!!!!!! It truly made us feel right there knowing exactly where we, and not relying on our driver.
    Aside from the heart palpitations I had when he was going to cut up a regular card, I have total admiration for the precise and exact way the warung owner made my card.
    We are now off to Vietnam in December so I'm hoping what I read is still current!!!!! A punch eh? The Indo guy used scissors and was spot on, so hopefully it will be the same!
     
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    Add to last post....we land in Hanoi.....where do we get a card for the pad??????
     
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    Brilliant write up Sert. I will be saving this for when I need it. Thank you very much!!
     
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    Excellent thread many thanks from our team at IPF like to make it a sticky in the international section .


    Now a sticky here love to hear about more of your travels.
     
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    Just start asking around to any rodeside shop keepers who sell SIM cards of any type. If they can't cut a micro-sim for you, chances are they will know who to call. This happened to me in Nha Trang. I went to a regular cell phone SIM card seller and he knew what he micro-sim was but he couldn't make one himself. So he made a call and within about 30 minutes some guy arrived on a motorbike and started filing down a regular SIM card for me and it worked like a charm.
     
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    Thanks so much for your reply and advice! They're a truly resourceful group of people in Asia. And BOY do they LOVE seeing and iPad!!!!!!!! As written earlier in the thread they are amazed at what it can do. The pads are so expensive for the average person to buy.
    We will venture forth in Hanoi and see their resourcefulness! Thanks again! :))))
     
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    Hi there! Our cut down Telkomsel SIM card, with scissors!, worked in Indonesia and also when we got back to Australia!!!!! It accessed Telstra, 3G, Optus, and Vodaphone in different Locations! Interesting!!!!!! ;)
     

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