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Traveling with an Ipad 3 wifi & cellular

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    I am traveling to South America. Mainly in Chile.
    I have a few questions if anyone can help.

    Does a ipad work with a USB wireless dongle? Or
    Is it best to buy a sim over there for wifi & data?

    Thanks for your help...
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    It is best to buy a SIM card. The iPad does not (can not) use a USB dongle.

    Marilyn
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    As Marilyn said, dongle is a NoGo.
    Anyway, for the dongle you would need a SIM as well... Prepaid cards are available a lot over there..
    Anyway, you should be aware that (except in the Region Metropolitana and outside major cities) reception is different for each carrier - I made good experience with EntelPCS. Also be advised that prepaid packets are charged by hour/ day/ 7day period and do have a restriction on data usage (even if the 7 days are not over, but the data usage exceeds the limit it will have to be re-charged)!
    Restaurants, Bars and Cafe's however do offer free WiFi, you just have to ask for the password - that will be in any way the cheapest possibility to be connected.

    BTW, don't forget the plug-adapter (2 round pin, Euro-style)

    Personal question - where are you going to? (I have been living there for some years, just returned for a visit during vacations after 5 years back in Europe...)
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    Heading to chile for 6 weeks. Just up & down the coast. We have relatives there.


    Thanks for the heads up

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