The "3G +Wi-Fi" iPads sold with AT&T cellular data service use SIM cards to connect to 3G cellular data networks whenever service is available. The iPad's wireless adaptor is always on as a backup, connecting the device to nearby wireless networks whenever 3G service is sluggish or whenever you choose to turn it off. Obtain an AT&T SIM and insert it into the iPad so that your device has the ability to connect to AT&T's 3G network.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- AT&T; iPad SIM
- Paper clip
Obtain an iPad SIM card from AT&T if you didn't purchase one just after you got your device. Make it clear to the AT&T representative that you need it for the iPad, since he needs to set up a cellular data plan for you, and the card is smaller than the one AT&T uses for most of its phones.
Press the end of an unfolded paper clip into the tiny hole at the top of the right edge of the iPad. Remove the SIM tray and place the AT&T SIM into it, facing down. Push the SIM tray back into the iPad.
Wait several seconds for the iPad to recognise the AT&T SIM card. Once this happens, AT&T's name shows up in the upper, left portion of the iPad's screen -- and the iPhone connects to the Internet using AT&T cellular data connection whenever possible.
Tips and warnings
- Keep the iPad's Wi-Fi adaptor on to make sure you never go offline, even when 3G connection speeds are unavailable. Tap the iPad's "Settings" button, then tap "Wi-Fi." Tap the grey "Off" button to change it into a blue "On" button, the tap the name of a network to connect to it.
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