iPad-3 is it Locked or Unlocked ?
I live outside the U.S and I was wondering If I buy a AT&T Wi-Fi + 4G LTE Model of the iPad-3, can I use it with the 3G service of my local service provider in my country without paying any International Roaming Charges !
In Future if the 4G LTE service is provided with my Local service provider will this AT&T model work for the 4G LTE service with my local service provider ?
The Current Models launched in the U.S for Pre-Order for iPad-3 are they Network locked ? Or Unlocked ?.
- 03-09-2012, 11:53 AM #2
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I doubt a carrier lock - think about it, why would an operator worry about locking it up when LTE radios are frequency based and each carrier operates at a different frequency. VZW vs ATT ipads will run different LTE radios so lock or no lock still means locked to a carrier.
- 03-09-2012, 06:33 PM #8
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If you look on the specs page, you can see the Verizon model is different than the ATT model. Verizon ha s CDMA instead of the second LTE frequencies.
That said, the specs found on the France, Canada and Japan models as the same as AT&T, but I don't think Apple is marketing it as LTE there.
I think LTE has 30+ different implementations around the world, even the 700MHz spectrum is handled in the US differently between AT&T and Verizon.
I think the only thing we can count on is the GSM (and the few HSPA options).
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Re: iPad-3 is it Locked or Unlocked ?
Consider the iPhone as an example. The CDMA version works for both Sprint and Verizon. You'd have to delve more into the bands to find which providers it would work with for 4G, but as all carriers work with 3G, it's entirely asinine to suggest different LTE bands "carrier locks" the iPad.
If you don't want people to reword what you say, don't say silly stuff.
- 04-14-2013, 01:12 AM #21