I have decided to take apart Kindle 3 and see what happens if I insert the Sim Card on to my iPad 2 3G. First, I have to open the Kindle apart, then, take the sim card out. Then cut the sim card into sized for iPad 2 3G with a Micro Sim Cutter. Here we go…
Be warned though, Warranty will be voided if you open your Kindle 3. There goes mine!
I don’t have the detail on how to open the Back cover of the Kindle 3. It’s easier to search on how to open Kindle 3 back cover so I’m not liable for any damages. Do it at your own risk.
Why? Because I’ve done it! Here, however, this time, it’s Kindle 3 GSM Chip taken out, cut to micro sim to fit in the iPad 2 3G Tray. I’m also out of the country. So I’ve decided to try it again, but with the Kindle 3.
The reason why I did this is because I figured, hey, the Kindle 3 has 3G speed connection now, where as the Kindle 2 Global Edition was limited to EDGE speed. But just because it can do 3G, doesn’t mean you can do the same with your iPad 2 3G model by inserting the GSM Sim Card into it and expect the same results. No matter what, Sim Card is Sim Card, it’s no difference in what the Kindle 2 and Kindle 3 has to offer on the GSM Sim Card. They both can do 3G, it all depends on the Hardware.
The Kindle 3 WiFi + 3G has AnyData DTP-600W HSPA Mini PCI-E module for wireless 3G Connectivity. This is the same card used by Kindle DX 3. According to AnyDATA documentation, the DTP-600W “operates globally on tri-band UMTS 850/1900/2100 wireless networks as well as quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Networks”.
The Kindle 2 Global Edition can only do quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 Networks.
After the Sim Card is out, and inserted into the iPad 2 3G tray, you will be prompted to turn on Roaming. Hit the Settings button and it will take you to the Roaming Settings. Just slide it ON and that’s it. Then it will prompt you that you are not Subscribe to Cellular Data Network. Click on Settings and it will take you to Cellular Data in Settings. At this point, I know it won’t work because from my previous post with the Kindle 2 Global Edition, I didn’t have to set any Cellular Data, I just let it go in Automatic ON instead of selecting Manual. On top of that, there is no option for me to set the APN in the Settings. So I couldn’t set the APN to Internet like I previously could with my iPad 1. It’s probably because I’m on iOS 5 Beta 2, but nevertheless, when I insert local sim card, the APN Settings would appear under Cellular Data and I can change it anyway I want.
This does not conclude this failed attempt to insert the Kindle 3 on the iPad 2. I will try on the iPad 1 to see if it makes a difference and will post back to see if it’s a difference in the iOS.