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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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