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How To Use The iPad 3G + WiFi In Canada: Canada Pre-Launch

by on May 5th, 2010

As Canadians must still wait for the iPad to hit Canada, some of us have already made the trip down south to pick up either an iPad WiFi or the iPad 3G + WiFi. Apple has officially stated that preorders for Canada will start on May 10, 2010 and that the iPad will be available in late May 2010.

So for those that have the iPad 3G + WiFi and are looking to use it in Canada before the official launch, below are the available options you have from the Canadian wireless carriers.

Step 1: Which Data Plan & Which Carrier To Use With My iPad 3G + WiFi?

Below are listed the various options from the five wireless carriers in Canada that support SIM cards with mobile broadband data plans. None of these plans require a voice-plan companion and are data-only packages.

Rogers Wireless

The following data plans are available from Rogers as stand-alone data options. These data plans can be contracted but obviously you will choose the month-to-month non-contract option.

  • $30 – 500MB
  • $35 – 1GB
  • $50 – 2GB
  • $65 – 5GB

Additional notes:

  • Additional data: $0.05/MB
  • Plans do not include the Rogers GRRF which is $2.46 – $3.46 depending on province
  • US Data roaming: $6.00/MB

Fido

The following data plans are available from Fido as stand-alone data options. These data plans can be contracted but obviously you will choose the month-to-month non-contract option.

  • $32 – 500MB
  • $37 – 1GB
  • $52 – 2GB
  • $67 – 5GB

Additional notes:

  • Additional data: $0.05/MB
  • US Data roaming: $3.00/MB

Bell Mobility

The following data plans are available from Bell as stand-alone data options. These data plans can be contracted but obviously you will choose the month-to-month non-contract option.

  • $30 – 500MB
  • $40 – 1GB
  • $55 – 3GB
  • $65 – 5GB

Additional notes:

  • Additional data: $0.05/MB
  • US Data roaming: $3.00/MB

Telus

The following data plans are available from Telus as stand-alone data options. These data plans can be contracted but obviously you will choose the month-to-month non-contract option.

  • $30 – 500MB
  • $40 – 1GB
  • $50 – 2GB
  • $65 – 5GB

Additional notes:

  • Additional data: $0.05/MB
  • US Data roaming: $3.00/MB

Virgin Mobile

The following data plans are available from Virgin as stand-alone data options. These data plans can be contracted but obviously you will choose the month-to-month non-contract option.

  • $30 – 500MB
  • $35 – 1GB
  • $50 – 2GB
  • $65 – 3GB
  • $85 – 5GB

Additional notes:

  • Additional data: $0.05/MB
  • US Data roaming: $3.00/MB

Step 2: I Have Chosen My Data Plan, Now What?

The next step is to visit the chosen wireless carrier and set up the plan on a non-contract basis. At this point, the carrier will supply you with a SIM card.

Inside of the iPad 3G + WiFi is an AT&T Micro-SIM. Using that as your guide, cut the Canadian SIM card to match the AT&T Micro-SIM in size. Be careful not the cut the gold micro-chip, as that will permanently damage the SIM card.

Step 3: iPad Settings

Once the Canadian SIM card is cut correctly, insert the new Canadian Micro-SIM card into the iPad 3G + WiFi. Then head over to:

  • Settings > Cellular Data

Toggle “Cellular Data” to On. After a few seconds, your wireless carrier should connect to the iPad.

Next to go Settings > Cellular Data and tap on “APN” settings. Depending on which wireless carrier you are using, input the following information (leave the Username and Password field blank):

Rogers

  • APN: rogers-core-appl1.apn

Fido

  • APN: fido-core.appl1.apn

Bell

  • APN: pda2.bell.ca

TELUS

  • APN: sp.telus.com

After the settings are inputted, restart your iPad.

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  • sparky

    hmmm

    US = $30 for unlimited
    Canada = $30 for 0.5 gig

    bleh

  • gtasscarlo

    Don't forget wind mobile 55 for unlimited data Internet stick, and Rogers is 85 bucks for 5 gigs

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Mr. Ex
  • clever27

    Just to clarify, these are the only plans available as of today. I hope all of the Cell companies actually come up with some decent pay-as-you go plans in Canada prior to the iPad launch. Rogers has already rumored to be looking at a shared data plans that use your iPhone data. Sure would be nice if we could just add on the device as many of us are already paying for the 6Gig plan and prob using 1/10 of it.

    I challenge any of the Cell provides to actually give us consumer friendly decent plans but I don't have my fingers crossed. History probably will repeat itself and we will get the shaft. Hopefully Apple will require them to offer something. Everyone has to remember that prior to the iPhone 3G launching in Canada, we had HORRIBLE data plans for consumers. Very expensive and very little MB (eg. $50 for 5M). The iPhone launched changed all of that and Rogers only gave us the 6 Gig plans due to pressure from consumers and bad press. The plans launched for AT&T are totally decent and are very consumer friendly and will ensure that the iPAD 3G sells well in the US. If we don't have decent plans, then I can't see them selling as well here.

    Also, Note to APPLE: Let us Canadians tether our WIFI iPads as we have tethering plans and can use all of our other devices. I really don't want to Jailbreak my iPhone to do this but will if you don't offer something like this to us. I already bought a 32 Gig iPad wifi in the US and its great. I don't need to have an always on connection to it, however, I do want to pair it with my phone for convenient access to the web since its technically available for us Canadians.

  • John

    Very rarely will someone pay more than $30/month for an iPad data plan, and very rarely will they do it for a 500mb plan. At least 2GB for $30/month would be the data plan that would sell.

  • gtasscarlo

    I never knew they lowered their rate plans from 85 bucks for a internet stick to 65, even then it still is a rip off regardless

  • Youyou

    So no need to unlock or jailbreak the iPad to use a 3G wireless connection in Canada???

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Mr. Ex

    Right

  • tom

    Has anyione actual done this? I have a 3g ipad and am considering testing this for a month. Was wondering if anybody knows if it actually works?

    Thanks

  • tom

    Has anyione actual done this? I have a 3g ipad and am considering testing this for a month. Was wondering if anybody knows if it actually works?

    Thanks

  • Francois

    Has anyone successfully done this? If so with what carrier?

  • thedigitalinkartist

    I went to my local bell mobility store, they took the IMEI number off the back, and the bell person on the phone with them would not accept it. They said it was an incompatible device… and identified it as an iPAD

    So how were you able to set it up? Do you have to have an iPhone or something you could give them the number for… and then just pop it in the iPAD?

    I'd really like to set mine up, but my local bell store seems to have no idea what to do…

  • MacMan

    orange in the UK has just announced their data plans for iPad 3G and they're even better than AT&T!!!

    Hopefully Apple will force the TelComms to offer cheap data to help sell the iPads.

    Based on what the UK pricing shows, this may happen. Won't hold my breathe though. We pay more than anyone else in the world for Mobile use so yet again we wait and see.

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  • Dru

    I am getting one and I just wanna use my iPhone 4 data that I have with Virgin Mobile. What is the APN info needed for that?