Apple’s iPad will be launched in 9 more countries on May 28 and Japan is one of 9 countries where the iPad will receive both the Wi-Fi and 3G models. AppleInsider reports that the company is confirmed to have locked the SIM in Japan, but didn’t tell more about this restriction. However SIM locking is common in Japan, where unlocking to the carrier is not offered by network operators, and also it’s difficult to find third party unlocking services.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs said, “All the iPad 3G models are unlocked internationally”. In the U.S although the iPad 3G is unlocked, the radios of iPad’s internal 3G are capable with AT&T’s high-speed data network.