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Customers who pre-purchased the iPad with 3G data connectivity began receiving notifications Thursday that their order has shipped in time for the device's Friday launch.

Unlike the Wi-Fi-only iPad, which arrived on Saturday, April 3, via UPS, Apple has opted to ship the iPad 3G with FedEx. As expected, the orders state that the hardware is due to be delivered by April 30, which is the official launch day for the WiFi + 3G iPad.

The device will also be available in Apple's retail stores on Friday, but customers will have to wait until 5 p.m. until they can purchase. The 3G iPad models carry a $130 premium over their Wi-Fi-only counterparts. The 16GB model starts at $629, the 32GB capacity is $729, and the high-end 64GB offering is $829.

In the U.S., AT&T will offer no-contract data plans for the iPad, starting at $15 per month for 250MB of bandwidth, or $30 for unlimited access. Both plans offer free access to AT&T's nationwide Wi-Fi spots. The iPad ships unlocked and uses GSM micro-SIM cards, but the internal 3G radio is only compatible in the U.S. with the AT&T 3G network.

The 3G model offers an estimated 9 hours of battery life when surfing the Web using a 3G data network. Surfing on Wi-Fi has a slightly longer estimated capacity of 10 hours.



Though the 3G launch is proceeding in the U.S. as planned, Apple earlier this month was forced to delay the international launch of both the Wi-Fi and 3G models until late May. Officials said higher-than-expected demand for the iPad in the U.S. forced the delay, so that Apple could accommodate all of the 3G orders for the April 30 launch.

Apple sold more than a half-million iPads in the first week of sales of the Wi-Fi-only model. One recent estimate suggested that the device recently crossed the 1 million milestone by counting devices spotted on an online advertising network.
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No tracking number for me yet.......
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Got my notification a few hours ago... My wife is happier than I am. I've been hogging her iPad for the past 3 weeks.

@ anantksundaram, I got my tracking number.
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In the Apple store tomorrow, but when's it going to be at Best Buy - I've got hundreds of dollars worth of vouchers for there!
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In the Apple store tomorrow, but when's it going to be at Best Buy - I've got hundreds of dollars worth of vouchers for there!

The original WiFi iPad appeared in both stores at the same time. I haven't heard anything to suggest that this one will be any different. Although I don't know if Best Buy can get you the 3G micro-SIM.


I got my tracking number!!!!
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I pre-ordered mine April 4th and my status still shows Shipping: Late April \
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I don't know if Best Buy can get you the 3G micro-SIM.

Not that I know either, but I would think they could. They do sell AT&T phones there. Maybe I should just call them

I'm pretty sure though that they'll have a box full of these : http://www.devicemag.com/2010/04/29/...cro-sim-cards/
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Got my notification a few hours ago... My wife is happier than I am. I've been hogging her iPad for the past 3 weeks.

@ anantksundaram, I got my tracking number.

Ouch. There was no need to rub it in...... I hope it's not a long, lonely weekend..... \

(Btw, does anyone know if 3G on the iPad will allow Skype, Truphone, etc?)
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Ouch. There was no need to rub it in...... I hope it's not a long, lonely weekend..... \

(Btw, does anyone know if 3G on the iPad will allow Skype, Truphone, etc?)

Never used Skype or Truphone, but I did use Line2 on my wife's wifi iPad. Works great!
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No tracking number for me yet.......

Me neither.

I didn't order until April 12th and mine is going to the Southeast US. When did you put in your order and what area is it going.


PS: I have to wait until next Tuesday to get my new MBP and i have my 1TB HDD (OptiBay) and Intel X25 SSD sitting here waiting to go into it. It's killing me!
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got a tracking number - no distribution starting point, but a number!
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It will be interesting to see how the 3G iPad does, this is the device I´m considering, although I rather have a ala carte monthly laptop connect card for my MacBook Pro instead.

I do expect Apple to sell as many 3G iPads as they did the wifi version, polls taken online showed the 16GB wfi and the 3G 64GB models as the most popular, with the in between models seeing less interest.




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Apple sold more than a half-million iPads in the first week of sales of the Wi-Fi-only model. One recent estimate suggested that the device recently crossed the 1 million milestone by counting devices spotted on an online advertising network.

Ok that site is highly inaccurate. They said Apple has sold over 500,000 iPad when Apple announced they sold something around 350,000 iPads. So I would take that 1 million estimate with a grain of salt.

I emailed that site and told them that the Safari user agent can be altered to make it appear as if itś a iPad accessing the web.
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Just received my confirmation e-mail. To be delivered via FedEx tomorrow.
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Me neither.

I didn't order until April 12th and mine is going to the Southeast US. When did you put in your order and what area is it going.


PS: I have to wait until next Tuesday to get my new MBP and i have my 1TB HDD (OptiBay) and Intel X25 SSD sitting here waiting to go into it. It's killing me!

Nice, you getting the 13" or the 15" MBP. I save $ 1500 and still don't know which one I want. I like the 13" been portable friendly with 10 hours battery but the i5 sound more sweeter...
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I ordered mine April 8th. Still no tracking number. I have received the three accessories that I ordered at the same time, though. The suspense is killing me!
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I ordered an iPad 3G, Case and Extended warranty on 04/14.

The Case shipped yesterday, (was: "Ships by May 5").

The iPad 3G shows prepared for shipment (shows: "Ships by Late April")

Mine goes to SF East Bay area.

Neither has been charged to my CC.

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Me neither.

I didn't order until April 12th and mine is going to the Southeast US. When did you put in your order and what area is it going.

I ordered mine March 12th! \ (And it's going to northern New England, not in the boonies there).

Wait a minute, I recall you had already bought iPad, tried it, and returned it?!
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Picked up from Nashville. Will be nice to be able to put the case and power adapter to use, finally.
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Yah! Just got my delivery notice and tracking number.

Can someone please explain how the ipad is unlocked but internal 3G radio only works with AT&T issue? I'm confused.
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I not only got a tracking number for the 3G iPad I ordered on March 12, but just now I also received a tracking number for the Camera Connection Kit I ordered on April 22. It wasn't supposed to ship until May 13, but I guess they managed to bump up their production.
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ordered 4/15 still shows not shipped yet ! I have full confidence it will ship today....cant wait
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Originally Posted by etslee View Post

Yah! Just got my delivery notice and tracking number.

Can someone please explain how the ipad is unlocked but internal 3G radio only works with AT&T issue? I'm confused.

Because TMobile uses an unusual frequency. However, it's not the case that it only works with AT&T. It will work with any carrier globally that uses the supported frequencies and has the infrastructure in place to allow iPad 3G data plan signup, which will be most of them. You'll just have to get a micro-sim for a local carrier and sign up. Unlike, for example, most phones, where just putting in a sim isn't enough, because the phone is still locked to a specific carrier.
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""The iPad ships unlocked and uses GSM micro-SIM cards, but the internal 3G radio is only compatible in the U.S. with the AT&T 3G network."""


What???

That's mean if I bought an 3G iPad in Canada, I will not be able to connect to the ATT network in USA during my vacation?

is that true?
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Nice, you getting the 13" or the 15" MBP. I save $ 1500 and still don't know which one I want. I like the 13" been portable friendly with 10 hours battery but the i5 sound more sweeter...

This may seem odd to many here but I was considering the 15" until the update so I'm going with a 13" MBP again. The 10 hour battery, the much better IGP, the C2D speed bump as well as the other new features for $1,099 (student discount) work for me. If they went with Core-i with an Intel HD IGP I would have gone with a 15" MBP. Adding 1 TB HDD and an 80GB Intel X25 SSD as a boot drive should give me a very nice bump over my current system.

Have you read much about the new MBPs? Their new new switchable graphics has the potential for being the best in class but right now it's just as unintelligent as Nvidia's Optimus. I know it's new and we should expect some hiccups but it's still needs some work. They also need to allow you to turn off the dGPU to conserver battery power. I've looked and looked for a hidden switch. They really seem to have not made that an option.


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Wait a minute, I recall you had already bought iPad, tried it, and returned it?!

Yeah, I did. This is a birthday (from April) and Mother's Day gift. I've honestly never seen her get excited about any piece of technology, except a new car, but she is gaga for the iPad.

I'll sure I'll end up getting another iPad for myself. 3G this time. When I get it depends on the HW breakdown from iFixit (hoping for more RAM) and OS updates it gets (can't stand the Safari page reloads).
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I was notified of shipment this morning at 5:34am. As of now, the iPad was picked up from the Nashville DC with overnight delivery tomorrow before 3pm. W00t!
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""The iPad ships unlocked and uses GSM micro-SIM cards, but the internal 3G radio is only compatible in the U.S. with the AT&T 3G network."""


What???

That's mean if I bought an 3G iPad in Canada, I will not be able to connect to the ATT network in USA during my vacation?

is that true?

No. It means that in the U.S. AT&T has the only compatible 3G network. Outside the U.S. there are many carriers with which it is compatible. And, since it's unlocked, nothing prevents you from simply obtaining a local micro-sim, popping it in, and signing up with and connecting to a carrier in whatever country you happen to be in.
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This just might be the last time I rely on my iPhone to do stuff like this while I'm at the airport. Got my email from Apple this morning for my 3G iPad I preordered in the first hour it was available online ... Should be here by 3pm tomorrow. It's already os San Diego! So excited ... This has been a long three months ...
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Ok that site is highly inaccurate. They said Apple has sold over 500,000 iPad when Apple announced they sold something around 350,000 iPads. So I would take that 1 million estimate with a grain of salt.

I emailed that site and told them that the Safari user agent can be altered to make it appear as if itś a iPad accessing the web.

They already adjusted the site to correlate more closely with Apple's figures.

Initially, they only guessed at how many IP addresses each iPad would use. Then, Apple gave them 3 data points (300,000 first day, 450,000 after 5 days, and 500,000 after a week), so they were able to adjust their empirical correction factor to improve the estimate. It's undoubtedly a much better estimate than it was.

Besides, Apple said 500 K were sold in the first week - which was 3 weeks ago. An estimate of 1 M isn't likely to be that far off the mark.

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The original WiFi iPad appeared in both stores at the same time. I haven't heard anything to suggest that this one will be any different. Although I don't know if Best Buy can get you the 3G micro-SIM.

I called my local AT&T store to ask. They said that the micro-SIM comes with the unit, so all I have to do is register it online - no need to come to the store. So if you buy a unit at Best Buy, you should be good to go - but I'm relying on what AT&T told me, so don't shoot me if it's wrong.

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""The iPad ships unlocked and uses GSM micro-SIM cards, but the internal 3G radio is only compatible in the U.S. with the AT&T 3G network."""


What???

That's mean if I bought an 3G iPad in Canada, I will not be able to connect to the ATT network in USA during my vacation?

is that true?


You would be able to get service with your local provider in Canada. Then, when you come to the US, you will be able to access AT&T via whatever roaming plan you have.

I don't know what it's like in Canada, but I would rarely, if ever, use my in roaming in another country. Our roaming fees are humongous, so I wait until I have WiFi access.
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Hrrrrmmmm, check this out:

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Shipment Dates

Anticipated ship date
Apr 28, 2010

Estimated delivery
Apr 29, 2010 by 3:00 PM

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Well, I'll find out in a few hours if that's a typo - would be a nice surprise though.
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You would be able to get service with your local provider in Canada. Then, when you come to the US, you will be able to access AT&T via whatever roaming plan you have.

I don't know what it's like in Canada, but I would rarely, if ever, use my in roaming in another country. Our roaming fees are humongous, so I wait until I have WiFi access.

No. When he comes to the U.S., he can just get a micro-sim card from AT&T and use their 3G network for as long as he's here, then, put his original card back in when he gets home. There's never any need for roaming with a 3G iPad... because it's unlocked.
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mine is leaving Nashville, right now and heading to GA.

The 3G radio is configured for AT&T without the need of the sim card, I thought - all other carriers will need the micro card - at least that is what I am reading.
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Hrrrrmmmm, check this out:

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Shipment Dates

Anticipated ship date
Apr 28, 2010

Estimated delivery
Apr 29, 2010 by 3:00 PM

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Well, I'll find out in a few hours if that's a typo - would be a nice surprise though.

Maybe not a typo: http://bit.ly/aOE8r5
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No. When he comes to the U.S., he can just get a micro-sim card from AT&T and use their 3G network for as long as he's here, then, put his original card back in when he gets home. There's never any need for roaming with a 3G iPad... because it's unlocked.

And any Mini-SIM, the current SIM used in phones across the world, can be cut down to become a Micro-SIM as the connectors are exactly the same across SIMs.
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mine is leaving Nashville, right now and heading to GA.

The 3G radio is configured for AT&T without the need of the sim card, I thought - all other carriers will need the micro card - at least that is what I am reading.

The 3G radio isn't configured for AT&T without the need of the sim card! It is more likely that the AT&T micro-SIM will be included with the iPad 3G, same as with the iPhone, and you will have the choice to activate or not.

Outside the USA, networks may be allowed to sell the iPad with their own micro-SIM included in the packaging.
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And any Mini-SIM, the current SIM used in phones across the world, can be cut down to become a Micro-SIM as the connectors are exactly the same across SIMs.

You see, this is my question. Will iPhone users be able to swap out their sim card from their iPhone to use in the iPad WITHOUT having to buy a monthly iPad 3G data plan (since you already have the iPhone plan)?

Granted, the current iteration of the iPhone doesn't use a micro card, but the next one will (according to Gizmodo).

For current iPhone users, could you just buy an additional sim card for your iPhone from AT&T and cut it down to size?
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You see, this is my question. Will iPhone users be able to swap out their sim card from their iPhone to use in the iPad WITHOUT having to buy a monthly iPad 3G data plan (since you already have the iPhone plan)?

Granted, the current iteration of the iPhone doesn't use a micro card, but the next one will (according to Gizmodo).

For current iPhone users, could you just buy an additional sim card from AT&T and cut it down to size?

No.

Yes. (According to solipsism).
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You see, this is my question. Will iPhone users be able to swap out their sim card from their iPhone to use in the iPad WITHOUT having to buy a monthly iPad 3G data plan (since you already have the iPhone plan)?

No.

Yes. (According to solipsism).

I know some countries tie the SIM to the phone's IEMI and are very strict about that. Does AT&T have anything in place right now to prevent SIM switching? I know of heard of others doing it in the past, but I think the iPhone may have changed that after it started using more data than AT&T expected.
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Mine showed as prepared for shipment for several days and now just flipped to shipped. Shipping today and here tomorrow, so likely part of a big shipment from China to a distribution center (as was mentioned earlier). My stuff normally comes from China direct, so I was thinking tomorrow was out of the question. Now it looks like Christmas is truly April 30 this year.
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Whee!!!


Just got my tracking number.

Mine was picked up at 7:29AM in Rancho Cordova, CA (Sacramento area).

It's on a truck less than 80 miles away with one stop at a distribution center.

It is scheduled for delivery before 3:00 PM tomorrow...

If i get lucky, it could come today!

/kid at Christmas

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No. When he comes to the U.S., he can just get a micro-sim card from AT&T and use their 3G network for as long as he's here, then, put his original card back in when he gets home. There's never any need for roaming with a 3G iPad... because it's unlocked.

That's a good point and should work - if you can buy just the micro-SIM from someone or cut down a SIM.

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Mine showed as prepared for shipment for several days and now just flipped to shipped. Shipping today and here tomorrow, so likely part of a big shipment from China to a distribution center (as was mentioned earlier). My stuff normally comes from China direct, so I was thinking tomorrow was out of the question. Now it looks like Christmas is truly April 30 this year.

While most of my Apple products shipped direct from China, the iPad is apparently different. It's shipping from the US (for most people). Mine is still showing 'documentation received' but not 'picked up at sender' and it's going to be here in less than 24 hours. That wouldn't happen if it were coming from China.
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