Would an iPad 2 3G bought in America work in Ireland?

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    I am thinking of getting the iPad 2 3G from America. would the 3G work in Ireland? How do you pay for the 3G? and do you need a sim card? do you pay like top up? I would mostly use the WiFi.
    most importantly would the 3G work?
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    In the US there are two different 3G models of iPad available - the AT&T model and the Verizon model. Only the AT&T model will work outside the US and a very few other countries. The AT&T model is GSM, so it's on the same standard as mobile phones and mobile broadband that the rest of the world is on. Yes, you need a SIM card. The AT&T model in the US is pre-fitted with an AT&T SIM card that can be authorised online in the US. If you want to use it in the US then you can pre-pay for service there using your regular credit card - a bit like purchasing goods online. When you get back to Ireland you can sign up with an Irish mobile broadband carrier and replace the AT&T SIM card with an Irish SIM card.

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    Following up: what will I need to do to use my IPAD2 while on a trip to Mexico?
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    Do you have the AT&T or Verizon model?

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    The ATT model.
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    Tim, will it work on other country with out ublocking/jailbreaking it?
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    Then you can simply purchase a local pre-pay microSIM when you arrive and fit it into the iPad and it will work no problem. AT&T iPads are not carrier-locked, so there's no problem. Your basic SIM card would work there too, but you'd be charged roaming rates, which would be very expensive. It's almost always easier to purchase a local microSIM. The only precaution you might want to take is that microSIMs (the sort used by the iPad) are not so common yet. A 'normal' SIM won't fit the iPad. But the difference between the two is simply that a microSIM has had some of the excess plastic trimmed off a normal SIM. You can buy a SIM cutter (see Amazon) to do this yourself - it's very easy - and it might be worth taking one as a precaution in case you can't get a microSIM easily.

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    AT&T iPads are not carrier-locked, so they'll work in any country with a local SIM. They don't need to be unlocked.

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    Thanks, Tim.
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    Here are the current coverage maps and operators for Mexico. Depending on where in Mexico you are planning to travel you can use the maps to best select the operator that will meet your needs.

    GSM Coverage Maps | Mexico

    I hope you have a great trip.

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    iPad in Ireland and Northern Ireland


    I will be traveling to Ireland and Northern Ireland with my iPad 2 3G with AT&T. What will I need to access the Internet from both countries? Will I need two different SIM cards? Also I was told that WiFi will work in some places in both countries. Is that true?

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    So if I have a Verizon data plan for my iPad 2 3G, it will NOT work in Ireland? Is there any workaround for this?
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    WiFi can be used anywhere in the world where there is a WiFi hotspot that allows you access. I have used WiFi on my iPad1 and iPad2 throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. I live in Korea now, and am using a WiFi hotspot with my iPad2 to write this posting. If I wanted to spend 30,000 Won (approximately $30 USD) each month, I could use 3G service in Korea... but since it is easy to find free WiFi in Korea, I opt for the free option.
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    You need to jailbreck if you have AT&t or any other.
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    Not a bad price. What do you use when you are at home?

    Sent from my Verizon Black 64GB iPad 2 w IOS 5.1 Update From NYC!!! using iPF.net
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    At home I have broadban for 33,000 Won (approximately $33 USD) per month. It is unlimited Internet and it runs at 3mb/sec. Korea has the fastest countrywide Internet in the world - faster than the US, Japan, and Europe. The infrastructure is extremely high quality and reliable. The only complaint I have about tech in Korea is the monopoly the Korean cell phone companies have on the market. For a phone to work in Korea, you have to have it's hardware ID code registered with the Korean telephone system. That means my two American iPhones are not capable functioning here, for voice. It doesn't matter if the phones are jailbroken/unlocked... the Korean companies have purposely set it up so you must buy your cell phone in Korea (but the phone will work outside Korea).
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    Hi, I used my iPad 2 with 3G and wifi all over Ireland last year. Worked great when the wifi was good. I didn't use the 3G however. But I hooked up Skype and Google voice and talkatone and even paid $10 into each account so I could call the states and I still have those credits! I was able to call back to the states using Talkatone for free. It was awesome. So as long as you have a strong wi-fi signal (which isn't always easy), you'll be fine.

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