Cell C won't work on iPad?

Mars

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I was going to try cell c on my iPad when I get it, but it was pointed out to me that the iPad does not support UMTS 900.
Is it as simple as that? No Cell C for iPad usage?
 

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Yip, no 900MHz on the iPad yet. Probably in the next model only...
 

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Here are the frequency bands that the iPad can rx/tx it's data on. Tell Trevor to RX/TX on 850 Mhz, 1900 Mhz or 2100Mhz. Why does Trevor have to be different and use 900 Mhz for UMTS ?


Wi-Fi + 3G model
UMTS/HSDPA (850, 1900, 2100 MHz)
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
 

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Why does Trevor have to be different and use 900 Mhz for UMTS ?

All the new equipment supports 900MHz UMTS. It's the new standard, they are also starting to use it in Europe and Asia.

Although my old Nokia N78 also supported it.
 

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All the new equipment supports 900MHz UMTS. It's the new standard, they are also starting to use it in Europe and Asia.

Although my old Nokia N78 also supported it.

I wouldn't say "all" new equipment - some yes, some no... In Australia some networks use 850MHz UMTS whereas others use 900MHz UMTS - therefore you have to be careful which phone you buy to make sure it supports the proper UMTS frequency...
 

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I think the big problem is that in America they dont use 900, so apple doesn't choose to support it.
 

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I wouldn't say "all" new equipment - some yes, some no... In Australia some networks use 850MHz UMTS whereas others use 900MHz UMTS - therefore you have to be careful which phone you buy to make sure it supports the proper UMTS frequency...

I haven't bought anything in the last two years that didn't support 900MHz UMTS - Nokia N78, Nokia E72, Vodafone K3565, Huawei E1752, Huawei E1820, Sony Vaio P (built-in 3G) !

UMTS 850 & 1900 are mainly used in North America. The rest of the World uses UMTS 2100 and now UMTS 900.
 

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What about Australia using 850MHz UMTS on half of their networks?

The whole of Oz has about the population of Gauteng - who cares what they do ! :D

But seriously, that is an exception, it must have just suited some of their networks to do that.
 
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Not entirely true - the iPhone 4 supports 850/900/1900/2100 UMTS

Correct, they just plonked some old technology into the iPad - this will soon change, but it is a problem with the present iPad if you wish to use the cheap 3G available from Cell C.
 

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UMTS 850 & 1900 are mainly used in North America. The rest of the World uses UMTS 2100 and now UMTS 900.

Taken from Wikipedia here:

Band V (W-CDMA 850) in Australia (Telstra NextG Network), New Zealand (XT Mobile Network), Brazil, Canada, the USA, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela, other parts of South America, Israel[2], parts of Asia (ITU Region 2 and ITU Region 3), Poland (Sferia/Aero2 - hspa+ internet only)

Band VIII (W-CDMA 900) in Europe, Asia, Australia (Optus and Vodafone regional/country 3G networks), New Zealand (ITU Region 1 and ITU Region 3), and Venezuela (Digitel GSM)
 

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the state's version of UMTS 2100 is on 850mhz UL and 1900mhz DL or something like that. Thats why the US wont run any UMTS 900 devices, hence why apple ignores 900
 

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the state's version of UMTS 2100 is on 850mhz UL and 1900mhz DL or something like that. Thats why the US wont run any UMTS 900 devices, hence why apple ignores 900

No offense, but that doesn't sound right?? Talking about 3 different frequencies there.
And again, Apple hasn't ignored 900MHz - the iPhone 4 also supports 900MHz (the iPhone 4 is newer than the iPad though)...
 

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Well after reading this thread, I did a bit of reserach as I am determined to use the Cell C offer....I refuse to pay 289 a gig to either vodacom or Mtn, they are r*ping the SA public...

So what I am in the process of doing, my mate is coming over in a couple days time from the UK, and I got him to buy me a 3 Mifi 3g router. Its 70 pounds and thats on prepaid, you can unlock it online for 15 Euro or even free ( a bit more onvolved ) this lil thing is portable, is 7.2 Mps and supports almost all mobile ranges, including Cell Cs 900, so I will just pop it in there and use the ipad to connect over wifi instead. a bit of a waste or else i would have gotten the 64 gig wigi instead of the 3g one but I guess now Im prepared for anything. battery life on that lil router unit is like 3 or 4 hours so thats more than enough for someone on the move everyday. Problem solved CELL C here i come!

So dont stress, where there is a will there is always a way....with technology especially :)
 

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Well after reading this thread, I did a bit of reserach as I am determined to use the Cell C offer....I refuse to pay 289 a gig to either vodacom or Mtn, they are r*ping the SA public...

So what I am in the process of doing, my mate is coming over in a couple days time from the UK, and I got him to buy me a 3 Mifi 3g router. Its 70 pounds and thats on prepaid, you can unlock it online for 15 Euro or even free ( a bit more onvolved ) this lil thing is portable, is 7.2 Mps and supports almost all mobile ranges, including Cell Cs 900, so I will just pop it in there and use the ipad to connect over wifi instead. a bit of a waste or else i would have gotten the 64 gig wigi instead of the 3g one but I guess now Im prepared for anything. battery life on that lil router unit is like 3 or 4 hours so thats more than enough for someone on the move everyday. Problem solved CELL C here i come!

So dont stress, where there is a will there is always a way....with technology especially :)

Nice dude!!!! Need to get myself something similar too :)
 
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