I'm slightly ashamed that the Apple Hype Machine has affected me but it clearly has, as today I found myself walking into a shop and buying an iPad from a rather good local Apple reseller.

I went for the 3G version, partly for use when I'm travelling for work, partly because it will be useful abroad but mostly because I know I'd be annoyed later on if I didn't (like all Apple gadgets the upgrade possibilities are poor to non-existent once you've shelled out your money).

I was given an O2 Micro SIM and the instructions seemed simple: eject the SIM, put it back in and follow the onscreen instructions.  Except no such instructions appeared.

I synced with iTunes (which involved yet another download of the latest version, which is about the 300th update this year) but still nothing.

I googled for lots of APN settings and none of them made any difference and in the end I gave up, as frankly I have wi-fi at home anyway and life is too short to mess about with settings for too long.

However, a few hours later when I synced with iTunes, I was informed of a "carrier update" which changed my O2 APN settings to:

  • APN: ibrowse.o2.co.uk
  • Username: browse
  • Password: password

...and I now have an new option : Settings->Cellular Data->View Account which offers me a variety of ways I can pay to get online.

Hopefully this will help out a few  of the many new UK iPad owners this weekend!

Written by Celerity Design, on May 28, 2010
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Mark Edgington
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Reply #24 on : Sun May 30, 2010, 20:04:07
Hi, what speeds are you getting on o2, my iphone 3G is absolutely crap in London and i was thinking of going with Orange
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Re: UK O2 iPad Cellular Data Settings
Reply #23 on : Tue June 01, 2010, 12:19:27
I haven't pointed the iPad to a speed checker service yet, but on the occasions I've used 3G the subjective browsing speed has been comparable to my wi-fi (which averages at around 6Mbps).
So, no complaints about O2 from where I am (Cambridgeshire).
Last Edit: June 07, 2010, 13:56:31 by sheik  

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