1. matthew23's Avatar
    My wife and I just bought an iPad as a tool to bring to Europe rather than lugging a laptop. We are going to Ireland, Croatia and Italy in the middle of July.

    My brother mentioned something that I had not thought of - the iPad has not been released everywhere yet and he heard that some countries do not let you bring them in as they do not want you to sell them. I did a quick google search and it look like the iPad goes on sale on 7/5/10 in Ireland and is already for sale in Italy (not sure about Croatia). So hopefully we will not have any trouble getting it in/out of the countries we visit. Anyone care to weigh in?

    Also, I am on AT&T here. We bought a basic 16gb WiFi version (not really going to store music on the iPad (I have an iPhone for that). Also, the iphone is jailbroken with MiWi for tethering (so we did not need 3g). I digress. What do I need to know about roaming, etc. for internet access? I plan to go to cafes, hotels, etc for (hopefully free) wifi access but if we need to use 3g to go online, is it expensive? Can I buy a prepaid sim card? How does this work? I have never been out of the country so I am an international newbie ....

    Any advice is more than welcomed!
    06-06-2010 07:22 PM
  2. Ipheuria's Avatar
    I wish I could add to your thread but I'm also travelling to Portugal in August and seriously contemplating taking the iPad instead of my MB Pro. So I will be watching this thread intently. Did you ask the Apple folks if the power adapter does switching? I've asked about my Macbook Pro and it does so all you will need is the prong connector and plug it right into the wall. If it doesn't do switching you have to get one of those universal converters.
    06-07-2010 12:39 AM
  3. f1l4's Avatar
    You won't have any problem entering Croatia with iPad. You can't buy it here (will be available in few months) but it doesn't matter. Never heard of any problem with that. My iPad also came from US
    This is yours device like iPhone or laptop and no problem with that.

    You can buy prepaid sim card in local carrier stores (T-mobile, Vip and Tele2) and almost on every corner (where you can buy newspaper you can buy sim card, something like that). Of course your iPhone should be unlocked to accept other carrier's sim. The best place is carrier stores as they can tell you all about prices. Local iPhone carrier is T-mobile but I don't think this is important.

    iPad power adapter is universal (probably all Apple's are) and works here. You just need adapter/connector to be able to plug it into the wall. It costs around 2$. Bought one for my iPad.

    Have a nice time on holidays

    Where are you going in Croatia?
    Last edited by daddy_cool; 06-07-2010 at 06:04 AM.
    06-07-2010 05:47 AM
  4. MontanaVista's Avatar
    Nice!! I'll be going to Portugal in July! And I was also wondering if I would have any problems taking my iPad there.

    Edit: Ahh, forgot this was my first post here!!
    06-07-2010 02:29 PM
  5. Ipheuria's Avatar
    Welcome Welcome are you going to the islands or the main land? my GF is Portuguese so we're going to visit her family.
    06-07-2010 04:14 PM
  6. MontanaVista's Avatar
    I'll be mainland, down south in the Algarve. My family and I try to go every summer. If it's your first time, I hope you enjoy!

    So, I'm just under the assumption that by purchasing an outlet adapter I should have no problems with my iPad in Europe...
    06-07-2010 04:51 PM
  7. f1l4's Avatar
    So, I'm just under the assumption that by purchasing an outlet adapter I should have no problems with my iPad in Europe...
    no problem. just buy something like this one:
    06-08-2010 06:07 AM
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    06-08-2010 06:19 AM
  9. matthew23's Avatar
    thanks for all of the replies! Ironically, engadget just posted an article re: travel: How-to: stay connected while traveling internationally -- Engadget pretty useful.
    06-09-2010 01:13 PM