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The $30 all-you-can-eat data plan from AT&T for the iPad 3G is pretty decent considering it’s a data-only plan. But what if you’re in another country or on another carrier? You’d think this would be easy, the iPad 3G being an unlocked GSM device, right? Not so fast. Apple isn’t going to make it that easy for you to switch. Sure, it’s unlocked, and it’s GSM, but you’re going to have to find yourself a MicroSIM from your carrier if you want to use it with your new iPad 3G. Frustrating, huh?

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It’s not as bad as it seems, though. A GSM MicroSIM is pin compatible with a standard SIM. All you have to do is trim away the excess material and you’ll have yourself a DIY MicroSIM. Now you can use your $5.99 T-Mobile EDGE plan or hop on to Vodaphone if you’re abroad.

Adam Flaherty

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  • Iain M Norman

    What get’s me is people talking about micro SIM as being a new standard!

  • thecolor

    While it may only cost a small bit to replace your sim (assuming your on a contract)… it seems that it would be smarter to clone your sim first to slim down the clone instead. No? (note applicable laws first… and don’t blame me if you get in trouble).

    Personally, I’d have to pay nearly $100 for a new sim with AT&T. This may not be the case for everyone, but I am an “old blue” customer (pre-cingular) so I have a killer plan I don’t want to part from and no contract. With that, ’cause they don’t “technically” make my sim anymore, to get a new one and keep my former plan the same would be a PAIN!

    Either that or lose all the old GOOD stuff ’cause they force me to upgrade, just for a stupid new sim.

    The GSM setup is great! All I have to do is get an unlocked device and I’m golden… which is not hard.

    Those outside the US though, I’d bet are easier to swap considering the typical pay as you go mentality (which I prefer). :)