So we finally got our hands on an iPad 3G, we are still waiting for ours to arrive, and we can now give you the details of setting it up to use on XT and how to create your very own MicroSIM.
Read on for the full detail and PDF guide…
So our choice of network for our iPhones is XT, therefore it is only natural that our choice for the iPad would be XT as well. Why do we use XT and not Vodafone? On Vodafone , due to the frequencies of the iPad (and iPhone) you will only have 2G services outside of the main centres, you maybe in the Vodafone camp, but personally the speeds you get on XT can’t be beaten.
The first thing we need to do is go through the legal stuff, sorry but we have to.
- If you ruin your SIM whilst cutting it up, don’t blame us
- If you ruin your iPad (or any part of it) whilst installing the SIM or using the SIM in it, don’t blame us
- If you cut yourself whilst cutting up the SIM, don’t blame us
- You follow the guide below at your own risk, neither iPhonewzealand or Telecom will be held accountable
Right. now that the nasties are out of the way, lets begin.
Firstly make sure you have an activated XT SIM that is setup with the data plan of your choice. This step is important. The iPad 3G renders full size web pages and the 10MB on the casual plan probably won’t last you too long.
Next, because we will be cutting up the SIM, so that it fits into the iPad, you should note down the SIM ID number in a safe place should you need this in the future.
If you make a mistake whilst cutting then you will need to start with a fresh SIM card.
Open up your iPad box and unwrap your new toy.
On the side you will find the SIM tray. Using the ‘SIM Tray Removal Tool’ (provided by Apple) pop the tray out and remove the AT&T MicroSIM.
For the next step you can either use the AT&T MicroSIM or the SIM Card template below. Using either one as a guide, mark the XT SIM card with where you need to cut and cut just outside of your line (you can file it down later).
Using the AT&T SIM for a guide
The left hand side of the AT&T SIM lines up with the line that goes all the way through the left hand side of the XT SIM. It is hard to see in the picture above, but in the image below you can see what I mean. You will notice that you are going to be cutting through the metal contact, this is OK.
The lower edge of the AT&T SIM lines up half a mm from the bottom of the XT SIM.
Using the SIM Card template
The template is probably easier to use if you have a printer. When printing the template, print at 100% and it will be the correct size you need.
Place the guide over the top of your XT SIM or the whole card if it is still attached. Using a pen mark out the area for the MicroSIM.
Cut just outside of the marks using a sturdy pair of scissors, as I said before you will be cutting along the sets of contacts on the SIM card and this is OK!
Once you have cut the SIM out, you can cut the required angle and using a jewellers file or very fine sandpaper held flat against the table shave off the required plastic so that it matches the size of the AT&T SIM. At this stage you should also curve all of the edges of the SIM.
As you sand you can test the fit by inserting the modified SIM into the iPad SIM tray holder. Take your time and DO NOT force the SIM into the tray!
Once you are happy with the fit put the SIM tray (with the newly created XT MicroSIM) into the iPad.
Switch on your iPad (if it was off) and then navigate to “Settings >> Cellular Data”
Then tap on “APN Settings” enter the following:
Username leave blank
Password leave blank
Now you can enjoy your iPad on XT wherever you go!
PDF of these Instructions: Download
MicroSIM Template: Download
After you have completed the SIM card mod, instead of manually setting the APN run the carrier bundle as you would for the iPhone and it will set it automatically and also add the carrier logo.
Let us know how you get on in the comments below.