Got Your New iPad and want to Activate a Pre-Paid Data Plan in Canada? Too Bad!

I noted earlier in the new iPad review that we weren’t allowed to buy pre-paid data on it with Telus.  Well guess what?  You can’t with Bell either!  On Bell’s website it states on the 30-Day Pass that “this pass is only available on the first-generation iPad and the iPad 2″ meaning that new iPad owners are out of luck.  Telus’ website also says roughly the same thing, “The new iPad does not support on device Prepaid iPad Activation and account management at this time” though when I spoke to a Telus rep last night, she seemed certain that it was possible to set up a pre-paid plan over the phone for 30 days, but they were having issues with my sim card.

Rogers website, however, doesn’t seem to say otherwise.  I spoke to a sales rep who said that on-device activation for pre-paid plans should still work for the new iPad, but Rogers has proven in the past that they don’t tell their sales reps anything.  Unfortunately, I can’t confirm whether this is true or not so if you have the new iPad and a Rogers sim card, please let us know if you’re able to activate a pre-paid plan.

No clue if this is a software issue with the new iPads not allowing pre-paid plans to go through, if it’s something to do with the new LTE network, or if it’s just a way for the Big 3 to try to get you to commit to their flex data plans.


Category: Tech
  • Hugo L. says:

    That kinda suck. Appaently bell is running a promo on their prepaid plan too. Too bad it doesn’t support the new iPad. Semi like there’s a road block everywhere.

    March 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm
    • Eddie F. says:

      Yeah I agree. I wonder what it is exactly why old iPads support prepaid but not the new ones.

      March 17, 2012 at 9:28 pm
  • Dave says:

    I have been on the phone with Apple and Rogers for nearly 2 days it seems.
    I have the new iPad and pre-ordered it through Apple, with a Micro LTE SIM card from Rogers….
    With the SIM card in the iPad if I go into cellular data, there is no “view account” button.. I called Rogers, misses didn’t have a clue.. I called Apple, they were going to send be a brand new iPad… Went into rogers, the guy spent two hours on the phone with tech, sales, apple, and someone else… called Apple back, got another guy, and he insisted on sending me a new iPad… They are also located in the US for the new iPad support, and I don’t think are aware of the Canadian providers..
    Finally I did a bit more research, Bell and Telus both only say prepaid is available on first gen iPad and iPad 2…. and state that it’s not available on the new iPad… rogers on the other hand doesn’t specify… Nobody really knows….
    However in my experience, I imagine Rogers is the same as the other two companies and you cannot to a prepaid option… and my iPad is truly not defective.. haha

    March 22, 2012 at 11:16 am
    • Eddie F. says:

      Hey Dave,
      Yeah that’s what we believe too. It’s funny that it’s not more widely reported though. I guess the Big 3 are winning by convincing people to sign up for a Flex plan so not many people notice there’s no prepaid option on the new iPads.

      March 22, 2012 at 11:43 am

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