Microsim for iPad in Barcelona

Oct 13th, 2012, 02:13 AM
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Microsim for iPad in Barcelona

Just to let interested people know, I purchased a prepaid microsim for an iPad at the Orange store at Passeig de Gracia 6 in Barcelona. This Orange store (there are others) is almost opposite the Apple store (not hard to remember!). It cost 40 euros for 30 days. It was 35 euros the week before - taxes went up in Spain from 18% to 21% on the 1st September. I didn't compare rates with any other companies. A passport was required and the man at the store spoke English and had the iPad up and running very quickly.

I found Orange to have good coverage from San Sebastian in the north to Ronda in the south with the exception of a short distance on the train between (I think) Ronda and Grenada. WiFi was used in hotels but the signal strength varied and I switched to cellular data at times.

Hope this helps someone.
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Oct 13th, 2012, 06:53 AM
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You can also go to the Orange booth at the El Corts Ingles stores and purchase the card. This is what I've done for my last 3 trips.
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Oct 13th, 2012, 07:31 AM
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I followed Your advice CathyM on my post and went to the orange counter in El Cortes in Malaga. I paid €35 on 12 sept but this seemed to include tax at 21% so maybe there are different prices at different outlets? The SIM card cost a further €20. The coverage and speed have been excellent.

Any ideas how I can recharge the card when I return in a couple of weeks??
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Oct 13th, 2012, 09:31 AM
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If the number is still active in your name, you can recharge it at any Orange store, or at any El Corte Inglés store that offers the service.
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Oct 13th, 2012, 02:26 PM
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I didn't need to pay 20 euros for the card at the Orange store in Barcelona - just 40 euros all up.
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Oct 13th, 2012, 05:11 PM
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At the Orange booth at the El Cortes Ingles store iwas a total of about 37.5€ now (used to be 35€ exactly but VAT tax increased in Sept). This included the micro sim and 30 days service and all taxes. All 3 times I've done it they haveen't charged me the additional 20€ for the card but applied it to the monthly cost. I've also been able to recharge the card for 3€ per day (this was before the VAT increase) but be sure to carry the number of the micro sim (it's not on it) with you otherwise you'll need a new one (I found this out the hard way).
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Oct 13th, 2012, 10:51 PM
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Many thanks. It seems there are as many price variations as there are Orange outlets! Any ideas as to how I can check the amount of data remaining on the 1 gb monthly allowance? I didn't have any problems with this during the last month but I wa quite careful with usage and wonder if I was too careful..
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Oct 14th, 2012, 08:58 AM
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The micro sim card I purchased was for unlimited usage for 1 month. There was no data restrictions.
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Oct 14th, 2012, 09:51 AM
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Thanks Cathy, when I purchased mine the sales assistant kept referring to IGb, maybe that referred to the speed rather than the limit.???
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