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Submission + - iPad To Be SIM-Locked in Japan

bravni writes: Unfortunately, it appears that Steve Jobs' promise not to lock the iPad to any carrier will be broken when it is released in Japan later this month. All iPads 3G sold in Japan will be SIM-locked to Softbank Mobile. Also, you will not be able to get a SIM-card only subscription from Softbank on a legitimately unlocked iPad bought abroad, whether you imported it or you are a visitor. This is a major disappointment, even amongst Softbank users, since they will not be able to fully use their iPad 3G when traveling (nope, cannot use prepaid data SIM from foreign carriers either). This Japan-exclusive crippled version will come at full price, no carrier subsidy.
Yet another indication that Japan is the Galapagós of mobile technology. Is extinction the next step?

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