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Use your iphone simcard and get free 3g data on ipad 3g.

Discussion in 'iPad Carriers' started by MikesTooLz, May 22, 2010.

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    Just so you all know, you can simply put your iphone simcard into your iPad and use the unlimited 3g your already paying for on the iPad.

    There is one catch, you must trim off the plastic on your sim card so that it fits in the ipads MicroSim card slot. But there is good news. They sell Mirosim to full size simcard adapters.


    So basicly once you trim the simcard it will work in your iPad and then you can put it back in your iPhone along with the microsim-to-fullsize simcard adapter. I would wait until you get the adapter before trimming the simcard or you will be stuck with a microSD size sim and wont be able to use it in the phone agian until you get the adapter.

    You an probably find the adapters at local phone shops or online at website like MicroSim Adapter 3FF mini-UICC Shop




    once you trim the simcard and put it into your iPad it will show the ATT logo at the top of the screen with full bars and the 3G symble.

    However when you try to access the internet you will still get the popup saying that you currently dont have a iPad data plan and to sign up for one.

    Click Cancle and go into your settings app.

    Click on Cellular Network Settings.

    Click on APN settings and it will currently say "broadband" in the APN setting with blank username and password.

    Change the APN to "wap.cingular"
    Username:WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM
    Password:CINGULAR1


    Now go back to the settings and turn airplane mode ON.
    Wait a few seconds and turn airplane mode OFF.

    Your iPad is now setup to get 3G service when ever you put your iPhone simcard in it.





    I decided to be the Guinea pig and give it a try and let everyone know if it works since I'm about to cancle my ATT iphone service anyways. It works so those of you with iphone plans already this can be another cost cutting option for getting 3G service when in a jam, just put the iphone sim in the iPad.

    I'll post a picture of the iPad simcard and my trimmed down iPhone simcard later.
    Last edited: May 22, 2010
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    Then it's not free, it's just not more on top of your iPhone bill. By now everyone knows that AT&T's definition of "unlimited" is 5GB and while you don't get booted or turned off when you cross the line, AT&T may well start watching your usage and eventually kick you off. What you can do, however, is jailbreak the phone and put myWi on it, turning it into a wifi connection point to which the iPad can connect. So you have 5GB from the iPad account itself and another 5GB from the iPhone account effectively giving the iPad 10GB of data a month. That's a lot for some people but for others, such as myself, it's not that much at all. The iPad's MLB at Bat live game video sucks down a TON of data and if Slingplayer is eventually released for the iPad, it will most likely do the same. There's two examples of why 10GB is better than cutting up a sim card and sharing that measly 5GB between two devices.
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    Yes I know about that and have done it but..

    #1 requires jailbreak your phone and void warranty.
    #2 MyWi Cost $10
    #3 ATT can kick you just for using MyWi if they wanted
    #4 your wrong about the 10gigs. Doesnt matter what device you use the 5Gig mark is per phone plan so you would be talking 5Gigs combined between both the iphone and iPad.


    The method i posted is not for everyone just like jailbreaking is not for everyone, its simply just another option thats available.
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    And sounds evil-genius awesome.

    I'll have to try it with my in-bed-with-Apple telco here.
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    This is all still rumor. The battle of whether 'unlimited' really means unlimited has yet to be battled in the courts. Reports of users being charged extra are rare and unproven. Besides that, ATT's hopes that we'll pay twice for the same internet will fail miserably.
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    [​IMG][​IMG]

    #1 ATT 3G SimCard Full Size
    #2 ATT iPad Micro SimCard
    #3 ATT 3G iPhone SimCard (originally Full size simcard, plastic trimmed so it would fit in Micro SD slots)
    #4 T-Mobile Prepaid Simcard(originally full size, trimmed down to fit in iPad.)
    #5 iPhone 3GS simcard tray
    #6 iPad Micro Simcard Tray


    If you are going to try to trim your simcard take your micro sim and trace an outline on the full size simcard as a guide. I just used a dremil and cut them down in under a minute. Make sure not to cut any of the metal parts or the simcard will stop working.
    Last edited: May 22, 2010
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    AT&T has said many times, regarding iPad data plan, that it is truly unlimited. That no matter how much data you use, you will NOT hear anything from them. Yes, they usually do have their 5 gig softcap, but not with iPad. I know there are many doubters, and it will take at least until the 30th to finish up the first month and see if anyone hears anything otherwise.
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    I've used up 20 Gigs in one month with my iPhone plan. AT&T didn't say anything to me.
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    Quick question - would there be a problem if a person were to get another or second iPhone simcard and trim it down and insert it into the iPad on a more permanent basis? Would both devices still work correctly and both be able to access the 3G network?

    I ask because I fish a lot and never take my iPhone with me just in case I accidently decide to take a swim I just take the iPhone simcard and put it into an older Motorola flip phone and everything works fine except for the internet but that does not matter.

    Anyway one time I was in the AT&T store talking to the rep and asked him what would happen if I were to accidently get wet and destroy the simcard and he told me that I should get an extra iPhone simcard for free install it once in the iPhone and set it up so it syncs with iTunes and gets all my contacts etc. transfered and then just leave it in the Motorola. He said once in awhile I could put it back into the iPhone to update it but otherwise it would work as needed on the river with little risk except to possibly loose a cheap phone I don't care about. Another way they said I could do the same thing would be to buy a prepaid phone and sync it's simcard with iTunes using my iPhone and then use that phone when fishing but it will no longer be a prepaid phone because it will have all my account info on the simcard like normal.

    Except for the fishing and water parts why couldn't this process of multiple simcards also work with the iPad?

    Thanks for the great info on how to get a normal iPad 3G to access the network much cheaper.
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    The first issue is how honest are you? Many would consider this just like making false claims on income tax forms. I realize honesty is a moving target, but when you go to all the hassle of modifying the sim cards to do multiple devices, you can get into some real trouble. If for any reason you get caught, say you have more than one sim on the same phone number, you can face tremendous fines and prosecution for fraud.

    Second, it is amazing how rumors flourish. It has never been said to my knowledge, by any authority, that there is a cap of 5 GB on iPad data. The only mention was originally a question about whether the iPhone cap was the rule on the iPad, but it is not in the service agreement. There is a provision for abuse of usage. That is for everyone's protection.
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    Fisherman - to answer your question no you cannot do that.

    Many many years ago it was possable to have two simcards with the same phone number, called cloning. This not only cant be done any more but is also illegal so I wouldnt even try anything like that.


    there however is no laws agianced trimming the plastic off of your simcard, Heck you could break the thing in half if you wanted, the company would just have to sell you a new one.


    About the part where the sales rep said that he would just give you an extra simcard if the other one got wet and ruined. The first thing about the sim card is that getting it wet would most likely not ruin the simcard. But if it did, they would not give you an extra one, they can just deactivate the old simcard and give you a new one with all your info on it. (you can only have one simcard per phone number).
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    Tethering is the best IMHO! Though if I'm on a road trip this is a great option.
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    Yea I thought that sounded a bit fishy if you don't mind the pun. I think I'll just enable the 3G when I need it. Right now I don't want to disable my phone while I'm using the simcard elsewhere. Thanks for the reply and the idea. I like the concept - maybe someday.

    :)
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    microsim adapter

    Hey guys i just saw a video about this cool adapter rom microsim2sim.com . Here is the link [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwaJnB8fMYA]YouTube - micro-SIM adapter in action 2 (inserting into the phone)[/ame] check it out!
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    I am trying to use my Iphone 4 Sim in my 3G Ipad.

    I tried the following.

    Click on APN settings and it will currently say "broadband" in the APN setting with blank username and password.

    Change the APN to "wap.cingular"
    Username:WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM
    Password:CINGULAR1

    Did not work.

    Tried typing in phone for the APN and that didn't work. Any ideas?
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    iPhone4 card fits without bein cut but the passwords don't work


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    I have AT&T for the time being anyway, I have the unl data, it is not capped at 5GB, AT&T states online, in my contracts on all 3 lines, on phone and in person that there is no cap on the unlimited plan as long as it is grandfathered, at least for now, that being said you might get slower speeds after you hit 5GB but seeing as 3G crawls most of the time it isnt a big deal if so lol

    I JB my iphone to use pdanet, works great for my Ipad when out and about.
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    i tried this yesterday for about 30 minutes
    and it worked fine once i changed the APN
    settings. then about 2 hours later i got a
    text AND email from at&t saying they knew
    i switched sims and it is not allowed & the
    iPad requires it's own data plan. at&t obviously
    has a complete list of iPad IMEI numbers
    and their system flags when an iPad shows up
    on a iPhone plan.

    i said that's ridiculous because i already
    pay for a data plan and you can only use
    one device at a time so it's not like i'm
    paying for one device and using two.

    i argued for 15 minutes and they said if i
    continue to do it they will cancel my
    iPhone unlimited data plan.

    GREEDY BASTARDS
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    Just JB phone and use tethering, it is alot easier then messing with changing sims all the time anyway. plus that way can still use phone while on ipad.
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    So let me get this straight. You are trying to get something (iPad 3G service) for free (and illegally) and AT&T is the "GREEDY BASTARDS" (oh yeah, technically AT&T is a single entity so the correct wording would be GREEDY BASTARD)?

    I don't disagree that AT&T is greedy. But they are in business to make as much profit as possible for their shareholders. They are free to run their business as they see fit and you are free to get service where you see fit.

    One account, one device. That is their service model. If you don't like it go elsewhere.

    How is this any different than trying to pirate software?

    I don't understand how talking about doing something ILLEGAL (it breaks the legal contract you agree to so therefore it is illegal) is allowed, unless of course it is because you don't think doing illegal things are illegal as long as they are against big bad AT&T.

    If this is allowed then don't complain when people talk about how to steal software, this is no different. You can argue all you want but stealing is stealing and if this is ok then so is pirating software or books.

    [Flame guard up Mr. Spock.]

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