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IPad Question: If I buy a US iPad with 3G functionality, can I use it in Europe?

Asked by Mamradpivo (9625 points ) November 25th, 2011

I don’t need to sign up for monthly service, but I’d like the 3G functionality. I primarily live in Europe, but as an American I travel back and forth frequently and would like to make this purchase in the US.

Does anyone have any experience with this? Can I use a US-based iPad with a European-based (i.e. Vodafone) 3G network? Or should I just go for wifi-only and be happy with what I have?

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jrpowell's avatar

They sell two versions here. A AT&T (GSM) one and the Verizon one (CDMA). You want the GMS one since that is what they use in Europe. As long as you get the GSM one you should be fine.

edit :: I should add that the iPhone 4S has a dual band chip in it. I would bet a hundred bucks that the iPad 3 will have one too.

jerv's avatar

I would stick with the wifi-only one until there is a dual-mode “world”/“global” iPad. I don’t know how Vodafone handles things, but I can just imagine that you will get nailed with hefty roaming fees at one end or the other. I wonder if Verizon changed their international data rates from $0.10/MB, or $102.40/GB…

whitenoise's avatar

I brought several iPads with me from the US to Europe. They work fine as long as you take the GSM version.

You might consider not to, if you for instance have an iphone though. Then use the phone’s subscription and setup teetering through wifi and your phone’s personal hotspot from your phone. Saves you the monthly expenses of an extra gsm (data) subscription. Then just bring the wifi version. Worked (works) for me.

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