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Using My iPad 3G On Bell

by on May 6th, 2010

**Updated:

I forgot to mention. When you try to setup an account with Bell you need to give them the IMEI # of a device that their network support. In my case, I gave them the IMEI# of my Rogers iPhone 3GS. It worked like a charm. **

Today I decided to take a chance and get my iPad 3G working in Canada. Unfortunately, living in the Great White North, we aren’t as special as our friends to the south and getting the iPad 3G to work requires a little bit of ingenuity.

Thankfully, in 2 easy steps you can get your iPad 3G working in Canada on the Bell network.

1. Find a local Bell Mobility store and setup a 3G Data Only Plan. You won’t find it on the website, just ask in store. (no contract required!). 5GB for $65.

2. Get out a pair of scissors and start trimming the Bell SIM.

Instructions and info can be found here…

I posted some images of my iPad with the lovely Bell 3G up top as well as some images of the SIM card comparison. Check them out before you start cutting just to be sure!

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Posted under: Bell, Tutorials

  • R Lubin

    How much is the Bell data only plan?

  • http://twitter.com/iPhoneArena Steven Chi

    bell/fido/telus/rogers 3g data. Which ones the best?

  • Travis Kelland

    Im curious myself to know what the BELL 3G data plan is… :)

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    5GB for $65

  • Steve

    The Bell 3G plan is laughably expensive. 5GB for $65 per month? In the states, on AT&T, it's $30/month for unlimited data. Bell is more than two times as expensive! News flash: The carrier in Canada with the cheapest data prices gets the most customers.

  • Brian

    $65 a month just for Data, and then 5GB? That's as much as I pay for my voice plan + 6GB of Data

  • madlogik

    What speeds are you getting?
    I'm still wondering if the ipad supports 3g+ (21 mbps) networks or if it will be stuck at 3g (7 mbps)
    thanks

  • http://christopheraceto.com chrisaceto

    From what I've read the iPad does not support 21mbps speed. I'm currently getting between 3-4mbps download speed with Bell 3G. Tunyurl.com/3xmdcp5

  • TeenWolf

    Now the next thing to do is adapt the regular sim tray so you can place the cut down sim back in the your iPhone.

  • thedigitalinkartist

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

    So how were you able to set it up? Do you have an iPhone or something you could give them the number for…

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

  • lywell

    eher, seems good idea, but a little expensive I think.
    well, pat
    this article might interest readers “Tips to Turn iPad Wi-Fi Into 3G “, view source: http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-column/tips-to-turn-

  • thedigitalinkartist

    Everyone… update! No need to have a existing phone! I went to my local mobility store again this evening and got a different tech. He simply grabbed a sim card off of the wall, entered my ipad IMEI number… put me on the flex data only plan and trimmed the card to fit!

    Ipad 3g! I'm pulling 2Megbit/sec where I am!

    Very cool!

  • charlie

    can someone tell me how can i get app from apple store cause i just got an ipad from the states and i can't access the app store.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Go to Top Posts and read on how to create a US iTunes account.

  • Tharkhold

    The app store will be available in canada when it is OFFICIAL i.e. may 28th

  • Frustrated from you guys

    And someone just got billes 6000$ for 2 days of usage for doing that you dumbass!!!!

  • u guys are morrons

    And someone just got billes 6000$ for 2 days of usage for doing that you dumbass!!!!

  • SD

    if you try to bypass the system, you could get charged up to 6000$ for 2 days usage, don't even try it, you will be responsible for all charges for trying to fraud the company

  • thedigitalinkartist

    I'm not quite sure why the use of “dumbass” was appropriate? However… I got a large bill as well… but I'm told it will be credited. As for your other comment about fraud… I don't see it as being fraud. The system asks for a IMEI number, that the system accepted… not rejected.

    If it wasn't “allowed”, Bells activation system should have simply rejected the IMEI number provided. In my eyes that doesn't constitute fraud…

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

    Trolls. Do not feed.

    :)

  • http://thiscantbe.it Christopher Aceto

    I don't see how Bell can charge $6000 for using your iPad on their data plan. First off, the plan is for data on any device they support. If, when you go into a Bell store, a Bell employee activates the data plan for you they are well aware of what you are doing with it and if there's something wrong with that then they shouldn't give you the plan.

    Secondly, I have spoken to both Bell and Rogers, and in light of the iPad launch they are well aware that we are using their network. Because the official plans don't launch until May 28th they have advised me to use a regular data plan.

    Third, I told the Bell rep, flat out, that I was using it for an iPad. I even asked him for scissors and he watched me cut the SIM and put it in my iPad. Two of the Bell associates actually came to the front and played with the iPad once it was up and running on 3G. One of them also mentioned how excited he was and that he was going to pick one up. If Bell does, by chance, decide to bill me $6000 for data use there is no way they can expect it to get paid. They're own people activated the plan.

    Before I purchased the plan I told them what it was for. They sold me the data plan. I'd love to see Ma Bell explain that one when the charges are disputed.

    Who has actually been charged a crazy amount for data? If so, can you post a screenshot of your bill?

  • http://thiscantbe.it Christopher Aceto

    lol. If you pay for a 5GB data plan and the network supports the device you aren't committing fraud. You should probably change your name to reflect that y o u are the moron.

  • becauseican

    roflmao.. I just got billed $180 for 6 mb of data while roaming in Buffalo. Rogers credited me only half.. my iPads were super extra expensive :|

  • roger s

    data roaming is off by default so you deserve it for turning it on.

  • u guys are morrons

    But Bell doesn't support I-Pad yet, it will when it's in Canada today but it's not the same Data plan. The plan stated below is for browser, not Data, therefore, it doesn't credit…. U R MORRONS!!!! I work there and I see the customers trying to get credit for this so I am entltled to calling you guys this way!!!!!

  • u guys are morrons

    But Bell doesn't support I-Pad yet, it will when it's in Canada today but it's not the same Data plan. The plan stated below is for browser, not Data, therefore, it doesn't credit…. U R MORRONS!!!! I work there and I see the customers trying to get credit for this so I am entltled to calling you guys this way!!!!!

  • http://thiscantbe.it Christopher Aceto

    Worked fine for me for the past 2 months. I'm my experience it's
    usually the Bell employees that are the MORONS, as you mentioned. They
    are ill trained and ignorant. They're objective is to push you out as
    quick as possible and because they are morons they don't pay
    attention. Then again, what can we really expect from reps that are
    being paid minimum wage to sell cell phone plans.

  • Jpkahleel

    It's $35 for 5GB Now from bell
    http://www.bell.ca/shopping/PrsShpWls_iPadPlans