1. Get a new sim card. Do not cut it just yet.
2. Turn SIM PIN Request off (On Nokia E71 go to Settings, Phone, Security, Phone & Sim Card, PIN Request set to off)
3. Add credit *141 voucher number #
4. Purchase a data bundle by texting the word ‘Activate’ to the appropriate short code. i.e
5. Text 450 to get the balance of the data bundle
6. Once you’ve added credit to the sim card, you are now ready to cut the regular SIM into a microSIM.
Instructions are on this link. You just need a pair of scissors and an exacto knife to trace out the microsim shape on the regular sim.
At this stage, you can also create a regular sim template using the same instructions on Hijinks, as you will likely need it later.
7. Fit the microsim into the ipad tray, you might need to gently hammer the Microsim into the little ipad tray it so it lays flat. Insert the tray into the ipad slot.
8. You can put the new MicroSIM into the iPad and voila’! you are connected to Safaricom 3G.
The tricky part now is how to recharge your account when you run out of credit. The fastest way is to MPESA your MicroSIM number, though that would mean you would be using the more expensive 8 kes per MB instead of the cheaper rates afforded by bundling. At this point, you can remove the MicroSim, fit it into a template created step 6, put into a regular phone, add credit and text ‘activate’ for the appropriate short code and for the bundle you prefer.
On the iphone, you can use the SIM applications to check your MPESA and Safaricom credit balance, that is not currently possible on the ipad. You can view and even send the request for balances, but there isn’t a mechanism to display the response from Safaricom. I am hoping someone can come up with a solution for this, if you know how, please comment or get in touch.
Update with info from @69mb:
Re: Topping up, its possible from a postpaid line to topup a prepaid line with a data bundle from the *200# menu. So if youâ€™ve got a postpaid line / a friend with one you can mpesa their bill for the bundle. Sucks this isnâ€™t also on the *100#