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So based on Wikipedia, I don't think I'm asking about anything illegal here. I'm sorry if I am.

I'm in Europe for a while and would like to be able to use my first-generation 3G iPad (running iOS 5.1.1) on the mobile networks here without paying for Apple's crazy expensive international data plans. I am now a permanent resident of Denmark, and I don't think it's fair that I should be expected to either buy a new device or pay exorbitant fees for international data plans if I want to continue using my iPad the way I did in the US. Would jailbreaking my iPad allow me to do this, and if so, how? I tried Googling this, but there was is a lot of information out there and wasn't sure where to start. I got what I felt like was conflicting info from the first couple of links I clicked, and decided to come here first to see if anybody has any experience with this.
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What you should be looking for is how to unlock the device, which is not necessarily the same as jailbreaking.

I have never owned an iPhone or iPad, but from my understanding jailbreaking is similar to rooting an Android device, which allows you to do certain software customizations like installing apps which are not from the official app store.

Unlocking refers to removing the carrier restrictions on the device and allowing it to be used with any carrier.


I believe you will need to jailbreak the device BEFORE you can unlock it, but I am not 100% certain about that. It is also possible to un-jailbreak after jailbreaking, but again I don't know if that would affect any unlocking that has already been done.

Lifehacker's guide to Jailbreaking may be a good starting point. I usually start with Lifehacker when researching stuff like this.
http://lifehacker.com/5771943/how-to-jailbreak-your-iphone-the-always-up+to+date-guide-[ios-61]

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.88
    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
    So based on Wikipedia, I don't think I'm asking about anything illegal here. I'm sorry if I am.

    I'm in Europe for a while and would like to be able to use my first-generation 3G iPad (running iOS 5.1.1) on the mobile networks here without paying for Apple's crazy expensive international data plans. I am now a permanent resident of Denmark, and I don't think it's fair that I should be expected to either buy a new device or pay exorbitant fees for international data plans if I want to continue using my iPad the way I did in the US. Would jailbreaking my iPad allow me to do this, and if so, how? I tried Googling this, but there was is a lot of information out there and wasn't sure where to start. I got what I felt like was conflicting info from the first couple of links I clicked, and decided to come here first to see if anybody has any experience with this.


You don't need to Jailbreak it. Your 3G ipad shouldn't be sim-locked to begin with. As far as I know, all 3G iPads, regardless of generation, are unlocked. Do understand that iPads take micro sim cards. If the carrier of your choice for some reason does not want to give you one/does not have them, you can trim the normal sized sim card using the micro slot as a template. Be sure to use a sim from a GSM carrier. CDMA carriers are few and far-between in Europe, but they do exist and putting one of their cards in your iPad will not work. Hope this helps.
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Oh my, you guys are great. Before now, I didn't even realize I could access the SIM card in the iPad, otherwise that would have been my first thought to try. But I was easily able to find directions for removing it. Thanks a lot.
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    Originally posted by samoflange
    I have never owned an iPhone or iPad, but from my understanding jailbreaking is similar to rooting an Android device, which allows you to do certain software customizations like installing apps which are not from the official app store.
I need to correct you here: on Android devices, the ability to install applications that aren't from the Google Play store is available regardless if the device has been rooted or not. There's an option available that allows you to do so.



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