All iPads AT&T vs. Verizon

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  1. Taylor814ce macrumors newbie

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    I currently have ATT on my phone. I see that verizon gas larger LTE coverage in comparison. If I get ATT and later change my mine and put in Verizon SIM card, would it work as well as if I got verizon to start out with?

    I guess what I'm asking is is it identical hardware minus the SIM card?

    I think before AIR, the older gen iPads had differences in hardware besides SIM card, no?

    Thanks
     
  2. holycowe macrumors member

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    If you have iPad air or rMini with cellular than yes. You can use it with any carrier you want
     
  3. tzd macrumors newbie

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    AT&T vs. Verizon

    It's best to get a Verizon iPad. Then you have the option to swap in an AT&T SIM card if you want to switch. I am not sure if it is possible to get an AT&T iPad registered on Verizon's network given the complexities of the CDMA portion of their network.
     
  4. richardbb85 macrumors 6502a

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    verzion coverage mite be larger, but some area mite be slow.
     
  5. samiznaetekto macrumors 65816

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    Isn't the hardware identical between all carriers in the new iPads/iPhone? I thought the hardware differences are a thing of the past, now the only difference is the preinstalled SIM card. Correct?
     
  6. VTECaddict macrumors 6502

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    Get the Verizon iPad to have the least issues. It will work on AT&T 100%. You may run into problems trying to activate a non-Verizon device on Verizon later on.
     
  7. Akack macrumors 6502a

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    Yes you are right in that aspect.

    However, you might have a hard time activating an ipad not preloaded with a Verizon SIM card onto Verizons network. It's just a policy set forth by Verizon. I think Sprint may be the same as well.

    That's why most advise people to buy the Verizon ipad for the easiest "flexibility" since it's very simple to obtain a SIM card and activate it on AT&T and TMOB.
     
  8. DelMac macrumors regular

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    I bought a Verizon rMini and I'm using an AT&T SIM. Any individual data plan below 5GB, AT&T has better prices and over 5GB, Verizon has the better deals. CNN released an article a couple of months ago titled "Speedy AT&T Vs Reliable Verizon: The Gap Narrows" worth looking over. They're both good companies. Buy the Verizon model for the flexibility of swapping to AT&T if you need though. The AT&T version is fine too but Verizon might give you a hard time giving you a SIM while AT&T gives them away no problem.
     

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