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  • iPad 2 3G is "World-Mode"



    One little-noticed upgrade to the AT&T iPad 2's 3G radio will make a big difference to many users outside the US and international travelers: the refreshed tablet now supports quad-band UMTS, like the iPhone 4. The original iPad, as well as the iPhone 3G/3GS, only had tri-band UMTS, omitting support for the 900 MHz band common in Asia and parts of Europe. The Verizon model's CDMA radio, on the other hand, is compatible with very few carriers' networks worldwide, making it a poor choice for globetrotters.

    One of the complaints about the iPhone 3G, and its successor the 3GS, was that it supported only AT&T's 850 and 1900 MHz UMTS bands, and the 2100 MHZ band used in Europe and Asia. Many carriers in Australasia, however, use the 900 MHz band, especially in rural areas, and since the European Commission opened up the 900 MHz band in 2009, carriers in Europe expanded their offerings in that frequency range as well. 900 MHz is attractive in less populated areas, because lower frequencies travel further and penetrate buildings more easily than the higher frequencies do, which means carriers don't have to deploy as many base stations. As a result, when the iPhone 4 included support for the UMTS VII operating band, it came as a relief to users in these areas. Previously, the best available to users of these carriers was slow EDGE or even GPRS service.

    The GSM iPad's inclusion of 900 MHz support, then, means that the same device can be used with many carriers in Europe, Asia, and the Antipodes, where Vodafone offers rural 3G coverage using 900 MHz in Australia and New Zealand, The Verizon iPad may not be the best choice for international travelers, as its EV-DO Rev. A radio isn't compatible with many systems. However, for people who travel mostly between the US, Canada, and Mexico, the Verizon iPad should work just fine, as CDMA is fairly common in those countries.

    Source: TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad 2 3G is "World-Mode" started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. Brr's Avatar
      Brr -
      Quote Originally Posted by petterloco1 View Post
      Well All I see is more features on the xoom
      As long as you stay away from Sony product I'm ok with your decision
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by petterloco1 View Post
      So will it work whit t-mobile 3G network
      Unfortunately no, apple failed to leave out the 1700/2100 (AWS) bands out. EDGE will work fine but no 3G,
    1. jordbrett's Avatar
      jordbrett -
      Does this mean if I travel to Europe or anywhere else I can just swap sims and pay a cheaper data plan?
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by jordbrett View Post
      Does this mean if I travel to Europe or anywhere else I can just swap sims and pay a cheaper data plan?
      Theoretically? Yes.
      Practically? Probably not.

      I do not know if the iPad has the same restrictions on carriers that the iPhone has, but if it does, you will still have to jailbreak and unlock.


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    1. jordbrett's Avatar
      jordbrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      Theoretically? Yes.
      Practically? Probably not.

      I do not know if the iPad has the same restrictions on carriers that the iPhone has, but if it does, you will still have to jailbreak and unlock.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
      But in theory since the iPad is not carrier locked we should be able to switch sims....I hope. Either way jailbreak/unlock always worked well in the past.
    1. Orby's Avatar
      Orby -
      Quote Originally Posted by CynicalDriver View Post
      Theoretically? Yes.
      Practically? Probably not.

      I do not know if the iPad has the same restrictions on carriers that the iPhone has, but if it does, you will still have to jailbreak and unlock.


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      iPads are all factory-unlocked to the best of my knowledge. The American ones all are, and if AT&T sells them unlocked, I doubt anyone sells them locked (without any subsidy).

      Quote Originally Posted by Paul Daniel Ash View Post
      <snip>
      Well, what Apple reports and what the device actually supports are two different things, I think.

      iPhone 4 is pentaband for UMTS/WCDMA/HS(D/U)PA. 800-850-900-1900-2100 MHz. Source: Federal Communication Commission. As soon as I can find the iPad 2 FCC ID, we can see what that device is approved for (in the US).

      Quote Originally Posted by kirkie1 View Post
      Here in the UK the iPad 1 Always had 900mhz support
      Wi-Fi + 3G model
      UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
      GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      Data only3
      Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
      Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR technology
      900 MHz was supported for GSM/GPRS/EDGE only on the first model. The new model will supposedly support that frequency for UMTS/WCDMA/HS(D/U)PA along with the GSM/GPRS/EDGE.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      I wasn't sure if it was carrier-locked or not. It would be nice if you could just drop a Euro-sim in, and be good to go.

      Was anyone able to do this with the iPad 1?


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    1. sucram6791's Avatar
      sucram6791 -
      please o please let this mean the i5 will be like this
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Apple should just make the iPad completely universal and make them with a hybrid GSM + CDMA chip. It would probably be more cost effective than building two separate 3G models
    1. Junaidkureshi's Avatar
      Junaidkureshi -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeo_herman View Post
      Sorry, I don't want Verizon.....
      Thnx for the info, we will update apple
    1. Karlis's Avatar
      Karlis -
      Hey guys i have a question. i want to buy the ipad2 and send it to latin america. since some of you here are saying it's coming unlocked, will i be able to just swap sim cards and put in a sim from one of the local carriers (claro or movistar) and use their 3g service on the ipad instead? i asked the guy that usually updates my iphone and he told me the ipad can only be jailbroken but not unlocked. any help please? thanks.
    1. swpelchat's Avatar
      swpelchat -
      I just bought the xoom on friday and returned it and hour ago for many reasons listed below:

      1: flash not included
      2: sdcard doesn't work out of the box you have to wait for an update.
      3: really really laggy (both in apps and honeycomb)
      4: cameras are crap
      5: volume buttons are to flush with the edge making them hard to push.
      6: only 30 apps are actually optimized for the xoom the rest are android phone apps that either run really crappy and not polished or they crash.
      7: verizons data is slow as hell
      8: its really only usable in landscape because when you hold it in portrait mode it feels to long.
      9: no way to close apps unless you go into settings and manually close them.
      10: keyboard often disappears in the middle of typing
      11: last but not least way to damn expensive for what you get (or don't get)


      I will definitely be getting an iPad 2...end of story.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by swpelchat View Post
      I just bought the xoom on friday and returned it and hour ago for many reasons listed below:

      1: flash not included
      2: sdcard doesn't work out of the box you have to wait for an update.
      3: really really laggy (both in apps and honeycomb)
      4: cameras are crap
      5: volume buttons are to flush with the edge making them hard to push.
      6: only 30 apps are actually optimized for the xoom the rest are android phone apps that either run really crappy and not polished or they crash.
      7: verizons data is slow as hell
      8: its really only usable in landscape because when you hold it in portrait mode it feels to long.
      9: no way to close apps unless you go into settings and manually close them.
      10: keyboard often disappears in the middle of typing
      11: last but not least way to damn expensive for what you get (or don't get)


      I will definitely be getting an iPad 2...end of story.
      In short... The Xoom sucks.

      Pretty much what I was expecting. Thanks for the info, I won't even bother looking at one now.


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    1. Brr's Avatar
      Brr -
      Quote Originally Posted by swpelchat View Post
      I just bought the xoom on friday and returned it and hour ago for many reasons listed below:

      1: flash not included
      2: sdcard doesn't work out of the box you have to wait for an update.
      3: really really laggy (both in apps and honeycomb)
      4: cameras are crap
      5: volume buttons are to flush with the edge making them hard to push.
      6: only 30 apps are actually optimized for the xoom the rest are android phone apps that either run really crappy and not polished or they crash.
      7: verizons data is slow as hell
      8: its really only usable in landscape because when you hold it in portrait mode it feels to long.
      9: no way to close apps unless you go into settings and manually close them.
      10: keyboard often disappears in the middle of typing
      11: last but not least way to damn expensive for what you get (or don't get)


      I will definitely be getting an iPad 2...end of story.
      Wow. iPad for me!

      ...and no one forget - never again a Sony product.
    1. Nitsson's Avatar
      Nitsson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brr View Post
      Wow. iPad for me!

      ...and no one forget - never again a Sony product.
      Indeed, iPad 2 it is. And I agree; ever since the rootkit fiasco (which people seem to have forgotten) and now the PS3 community which-hunt, they are on my ban list as a matter of principle. I may not make the IT purchase decision for Microsoft, but being an IT person I've prevented many a friend and colleague from getting a Sony.