1. p08757's Avatar
    Guys -- I'm new to this site, and am looking to buy a used 3G iPad from craigs list or similar site. I wanted to ask a few questions about what to look out for.

    #1. Most of my devices have been from Verizon which is a CDMA based network. I've always had to check the ESN to make sure it was clear before I bought a phone from someone. Do I have to look out for any thing like this with a GSM based network device? Or is it as simple as buying a new micro SIM card?

    #2. Is resetting the OS as simple as connecting this thing to iTunes and doing a system restore? Will this un-jail break an iPad? I want to start out with a fresh OS.

    #3. Anything else I should check for on a used iPad before I buy a used one?

    Thanks in advance! I hope to be the owner of a new (to me) iPad as soon as I find an appropriate seller.
    11-17-2010 04:19 PM
  2. Slyfi's Avatar
    yes you need to get a dedicated AT&T sim card for an iPad (assuming you buy the 3G version)

    Yes it is a simple as plug in and restore, yes it will remove Jailbreaking (but its easy to put back on)

    actually touch the iPad before you buy, check for scratches and cracks, make sure it turns on, make sure all hardware buttons work, and lastly make sure the touch screen is still responsive.

    also check for signs of water damage, and inquire if the warranty is still valid (which seeing as the iPad hasn't been out for a year it should be)

    good luck and make sure its what you want before you hand your money over (please don't get scammed)
    p08757 likes this.
    11-17-2010 04:28 PM
  3. p08757's Avatar
    I do plan on getting the 3G version. If it comes with a SIM card already, should I keep that one, our should I go to an AT&T store and get a new one before I activate the 3G service?

    How do I check for water damage?
    11-17-2010 04:35 PM
  4. morgantm89's Avatar
    AT&T should give you a new SIM card when you go to activate the service...at least they did for me.
    11-17-2010 04:52 PM
  5. lorin.bute's Avatar
    Just check if everything works as it should. The buttons, the screen, the speakers, wifi, bluetooth, 3g, headphones and the microphone. I would check the battery as well but that's kind of difficult to do.

    I asked the same question on this forum before buying my used ipad (nobody answered though) and i bought it in the end. The first charge wouldn't go over 70% and i got scared that the battery wasn't in top shape but after a while everything was OK, it managed to reach 100%.

    Restoring a version of iOS from iTunes will unjailbreak it for sure.
    11-18-2010 04:01 AM
  6. davidabraham's Avatar
    A local seller has a jailbroken 32GB wifi version for $600 and I figured I'd take a look.


    They have all the original packaging and cables. I don't need it to be jailbroken so I figure that all they need to do is just reset it in order to have it backi to it's factory settings.

    If i want to add Applecare will i need anything other than the iPad.

    is there anything I should be wary of

    David Abraham
    11-18-2010 05:42 AM
  7. storagepipe's Avatar
    I refuse to buy any used device that has a rechargeable battery or an LCD screen. Too maby potential headaches.

    Your time is worth money too.
    11-18-2010 11:08 AM
  8. cardfan's Avatar
    A local seller has a jailbroken 32GB wifi version for $600 and I figured I'd take a look.


    They have all the original packaging and cables. I don't need it to be jailbroken so I figure that all they need to do is just reset it in order to have it backi to it's factory settings.

    If i want to add Applecare will i need anything other than the iPad.

    is there anything I should be wary of

    David Abraham
    Other than why would you pay 600 for something that is 599 in stores?
    11-18-2010 11:48 AM
  9. cardfan's Avatar
    Guys -- I'm new to this site, and am looking to buy a used 3G iPad from craigs list or similar site. I wanted to ask a few questions about what to look out for.

    #1. Most of my devices have been from Verizon which is a CDMA based network. I've always had to check the ESN to make sure it was clear before I bought a phone from someone. Do I have to look out for any thing like this with a GSM based network device? Or is it as simple as buying a new micro SIM card?

    #2. Is resetting the OS as simple as connecting this thing to iTunes and doing a system restore? Will this un-jail break an iPad? I want to start out with a fresh OS.

    #3. Anything else I should check for on a used iPad before I buy a used one?

    Thanks in advance! I hope to be the owner of a new (to me) iPad as soon as I find an appropriate seller.
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    11-18-2010 11:57 AM
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