Traveling with the Ipad

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    I meant Burlington, Vermont
    The ATT store wouldnt sell me the microsim without an ATT acount

    so, you bought you microsim at Wallmart. Ill check to see if there is a walmart nearby
    thanks
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    ok there is a Wallmart about one hour from here.
    I checked online on the Walmart web site, and can't find sim or microsim cards. Anyway, you say you bought it in a Wallmart so I'll give it a try tomorrow.
    Also I noticed that the person who said you could buy a microsim in the AT&T store is an American, not a Canadian.
    I'll post an update. I'll check this thread tomorrow before leaving, in case others have more info to share.
    Regards
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    Yes, I did the research before and it did reveal that Walmart sold it. When I went to the Walmart the attendant there said they had the micro sim card but it was for the iPhone. I was pretty sure it could work so I told her to let me see what it looked like. When I saw it, it was just like I had seen in my research.

    I asked her how much it was and she said $24. I told her it should cost $15. She scanned it and it was $15. I knew then it was the right thing. As I said, it has worked. I am using it right now.

    Make sure that you have wifi connection to register the credit card and to sign up for the service.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2010
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    ok, many thanks for the confirmation
    perhaps the US ipads come preloaded with the ATT carrier settings, but not the Canadian ones, hence why we need a connection to activate it
    I will report back
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    You can also buy the AT&T sim card at a US Best Buy. That's where I purchased mine when I was in Indiana.
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    Try an Apple store if there's one near you. In Canada they give you free of charge Bell or Rogers sims. I had ordered mine through Ebay before heading south, when I got to the States it was an easy sign up. Keep in mind that I believe you need to be hooked up on wifi to get the sim set up, if you were not on wifi in the AT&T store this may have been your issue.
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    Again, no success
    Walmart had no stock on microsims, and doesn't sell the iPhone 4 anymore apparently
    I'll follow your suggestions above for Best Buy or the Apple store.
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    best buy did not work
    talked to three people there. according to them their ipads and iphones 4 come with the microsim already in the device, they have no microsims on the side
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    ok, finally! success

    went to another ATT store and got a microsim for fifteen dollars

    a note to other Canadians who want to try this... the Visa gift card must be "registered" online before you use it.
    instructions are on the card

    also, I confirm ht you need a wifi connection active to activate the microsim. I was afraid it might require the ipad to be connected to a computer with itunes like Rogers did, but no.
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    Glad it worked for you, now go ahead and cancel it on the IPad, don't worry it will stay active for the 30 days. This will make sure it does not auto renew next month. If you don't do it before you leave the States you may not be able to cancel easy without AT&T service in Canada.
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    Yeah I did cancel it.
    After 60 days of inactivity, the acount is automatically deleted.

    Did you look at the "international data package" options? »Ridiculous... 200$ for 20MB lol.
    Latest high tech technology with dark ages plan structure.
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    Travel in Canada

    What are the options for purchasing a micro-sim in Canada?
    Do any of the carriers NOT charge an activation fee?
    I'll be traveling through Canada twice in the next month and would like to avoid AT&T's pricey data roaming charges.

    Bell?
    Rogers?
    Telus?

    Will a Canadian Apple store mail me the sim card?

    What are my options?

    Thanks
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    That was depends on the time, I think
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    Best to go with Rogers.
    Purchase the microsim and connection is done directly on the ipad. You just need to have wifi connection.

    I am not sure about pre purchasing. Just go to a Rogers store. Most of them will have it.

    If you go any of the other two, you may have to call in to get connected but there are no activation fees.
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    I`ve had Bell and now Rogers

    For Bell, I purchased the microsim at BestBuy Canada for 10-15$

    For Rogers, I walked in a Rogers store and they gave me one for free.

    I don`t recall an activation fee.
    In both cases, I had to plug my iPad into my desktop with iTunes to update the carrier settings.
    I don`t recall if I was on the wifi when I tried, like said above.
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    I had a problem with how that was worded. I chose the other option which canceled the service immediately. That was ok, because it was when I was leaving.

    Somehow I wasn't sure about whether they would at least try to bill me for another month, at least.
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    iPad in Canada for US citizen

    The problem is not the SIM card. You can get that easily enough. I got SIM cards from Bell and ROGERS free at an Apple store. The problem is that they (the carriers) would not let me set up an account without a Canadian VISA card.

    I actually got two months of service with Bell because their account setup was done over the phone in the past and the guy accepted my US VISA card. That is no longer the case. And they will not let me continue with my existing account.
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    iPad in Canada for American tourist

    We went the route of getting a prepaid VISA card. We put in a Canadian address (our summer house)

    We got a Rogers SIM card. We went through the entire account process. Everything seemed to be OK. It said you will be notified in a few minutes when activated. But after 30 minutes, it said that activation failed.

    So far still failure. I am in the Apple store as I write this (Vancouver BC) and the people here are still trying to help. Apple has the best customer service of any retail I have ever been at. They are trying to talk to Rogers on the phone.

    Good Luck...

    If it works, I will post again. But discouraged. Now about 8 hours into trying to get this done.

    (You cannot use a US VISA card because setting up the account is impossible without a Canadian address and your US VISA card has a US billing address. You cannot put in some random Canadian address and expect it to work. The software is smart enough to know that the address does not match the billing address)
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    Success finally

    Bought a prepaid VISA gift card. Needed cash and two pieces of ID. Went to Royal Bank of Canada for this. Got a non reload able card but since we go to Canada often probably should have gotten a reload able one.

    Then went to Vancouver Apple store and spent three hours with the incredibly helpful Apple people. Great store.

    First actually tried the Bell store. They did not even know they supported the iPad.

    Went to the Apple store and first "registered" the VISA card using the Canadian address of a summer house.

    So in the Apple store first tried Rogers. This ultimately unsuccessful. We would wait for a long time and then the message would come back Activation failed. Did this repeatedly. Finally a message came up saying that financial institution had rejected our purchase.

    Then tried Bell. Put another SIM card in and filled out all the forms. We used the same Canadian address. This time success.

    1. We succeeded with a prepaid VISA card
    2. We had success with Bell and not Rogers
    3. The Apple store provides the best retail experience I have ever had.
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    G'day I had an issue with my roaming charges as I travel a lot here in Europe and averaged 300 € per month. I have opted for wabnet as they cover my area.

    Best of luck
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