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I'm planning to buy an iPad mini + cellular but not on my country. I would buy itt on the United States and someone is going to bring it to me. I have some questions:

  • The person who is going to buy the ipad Mini would need to choose a data service from AT&T or any of the other services?
  • If it is necessary and the person picks AT&T... would i need to unblock it or something like that? The person would need to suscribe to some kind of data plan?
  • In my country there isn't LTE cellular network yet... The 3G will work?
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Be very careful. There is no guarantee that US phones work in another country. – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Apr 21 '13 at 13:59

In the US - all iPads (including the mini) are unlocked, pay as you please, no contract devices. The two models of mini are A1454 and A1455 with similar GSM 3G coverage:

  • Model A1454

    • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • LTE (Bands 4 and 17)
  • Model A1455

    • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
    • UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz)
    • LTE (Bands 1, 3, 5, 13, 25)

Accordingly, you can pick whether want to optimize your LTE future bands (or travel bands) or choose a CDMA+GSM model or the GSM only model. Since there are very few countries with CDMA coverage out side the USA, most people end up shopping the AT&T model 1454 - but curiously, the CDMA model 1455 matches many foreign LTE deployments and plans, so it's a bit of a tradeoff which any one person might prefer world wide.

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