Guide to Apple iPad SIM cards

There’s no doubt that the Apple iPad is one of the must-have gadgets currently vying for your attention. With its great looks, excellent build quality and dependable performance, this tablet device is already a market leader.

However, if you’re going to buy yourself an Apple iPad then it’s also worth spending a little bit of time considering the iPad SIM options that are available too. The iPad is a little different to regular mobile phones that connect to the mobile broadband network in that it utilizes a smaller version, so you need to get a specific SIM for the device in order for it to work.

You’ll also want to opt for the 3G version of the Apple iPad too, ideally, as the cheaper model only has Wi-Fi. While that will allow you to connect to the internet and your email with ease, having the 3G version means that you can access the mobile broadband network when and where you want. So, for around £100 extra you get a lot more convenience on board.

What to look for

Due to the fact that the Apple IPad is still quite a new gadget there aren’t currently all that many iPad SIM deals on the market, although the ones that do exist can cater for all kinds of user needs. It’s a good idea to drop along to a free comparison website, such as Broadband Genie, which will allow you to compare and contrast the available deals.

Your criteria for finding the right Apple iPad SIM deal for your needs can basically be broken down into a few options, including any setup fee, the monthly price, if any, contract duration if you’re not going for pay-as-you-go along with speed and download considerations. Pay-as-you-go can be a good idea if you’re a lightweight web user and don’t want a contract.

However, contracts start from as little as one-month rolling deals, and with these you generally get a little bit more flexibility within the package. So you’ll probably find that download limits are more generous meaning that you can send and receive more content to your iPad without any penalties being imposed.

Speed, as with all mobile broadband deals, can vary and while providers will suggest ‘up to’ figures, these are rarely as fast as suggested. Nevertheless, with its dazzling specification and fantastic usability, the benefit of mobile broadband on an Apple iPad makes it even more desirable than ever.

About the author: Rob Clymo.

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