How to Connect an iPad Using a SIM Card

Written by robert schrader
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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

Things you need

  • AT&T; iPad SIM
  • Paper clip

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    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.

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    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.

  3. 3

    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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