The iPad 3G doesn’t arrive in the UK until May but if you manage to get hold of one early from the US or an iPad UK import through Bundlebox, you can get connected now. US iPad 3G owners have discovered that the tablet isn’t tied to AT&T and with a pair of scissors, you can make your own micro-SIM.
Vodafone, Orange and O2 have all confirmed that they’ll be offering iPad UK deals on micro-SIMs. However, scores of US and international iPad 3G owners have taken scissors to SIM cards from other networks to turn them into makeshift micro-SIM cards.
iPadWatcher reports that a Brazilian Apple fan who nabbed an iPad 3G from the US, used the AT&T SIM card as a template, removed the excess plastic from the local carrier’s SIM and was able to get online. Head to Youtube and you’ll find plenty of US iPad 3G owners running their tablets on T-Mobile.
While it does seem possible to make your own micro-SIM and get your iPad 3G online in the UK, it might not be the best move. Without an appropriate data plan you could soon rack up a massive bill and carving out your own micro-SIM could be bad for the health of your iPad 3G.
The iPad UK launch is set for late-May with pre-orders kicking off on May 10. We’re still waiting for an iPad UK price. The same goes for the micro-SIM plans from Vodafone, Orange and O2.
If you’ve done a bit of gadget DIY to get your iPad 3G online now, let us know.
Out May | £TBC | Apple