iPad Buying Cellular Through Apple...

Phoenix111

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I don't currently own an iPad at all, but would like to pre-order one through Apple.com. I have definitely decided that I want a cellular one. Here's my question though: when I pre-order on the website, if I choose AT&T, will it take me through the prompts to set up a cellular plan for a tablet, data only? Or will Apple just send me a cellular iPad and require me to take it into an AT&T store and get everything setup?

I just want to know how much of a headache this is going to be. Thanks.
 

rui no onna

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I don't currently own an iPad at all, but would like to pre-order one through Apple.com. I have definitely decided that I want a cellular one. Here's my question though: when I pre-order on the website, if I choose AT&T, will it take me through the prompts to set up a cellular plan for a tablet, data only? Or will Apple just send me a cellular iPad and require me to take it into an AT&T store and get everything setup?

I just want to know how much of a headache this is going to be. Thanks.
When you receive the iPad, it will include a SIM card from the carrier of your choosing. You just sign up for a data plan from a month-to-month directly on the iPad by going to Settings > Cellular > View Account.
 

Phoenix111

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When you receive the iPad, it will include a SIM card from the carrier of your choosing. You just sign up for a data plan from a month-to-month directly on the iPad by going to Settings > Cellular > View Account.
So then I can in fact get a month to month data plan and can avoid getting locked into a two year contract then?
 

DoofenshmirtzEI

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I don't currently own an iPad at all, but would like to pre-order one through Apple.com. I have definitely decided that I want a cellular one. Here's my question though: when I pre-order on the website, if I choose AT&T, will it take me through the prompts to set up a cellular plan for a tablet, data only? Or will Apple just send me a cellular iPad and require me to take it into an AT&T store and get everything setup?

I just want to know how much of a headache this is going to be. Thanks.
There are no iPad Air 2's for separate carriers. Assuming it is an iPad Air 2 you want, it comes with a universal SIM that AT&T, Sprint, and Tmobile have signed on to use, and you just choose one and set up your data plan right from the iPad itself, no need to visit a store. If you want Verizon, you'll have to get a Verizon-only SIM from them.
 

DaiPlusPlus

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Sep 24, 2014
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To add to this. You can use AT&T this month, then switch to a different carrier next month.
I'm hoping this will mean significantly cheaper data plans. I come from the UK where you can get a data-only 1GB/month plan for about £7/month ($12), whereas the cheapest I can find is T-Mobile's $20 a month (AT&T's 250MB for $15 doesn't count).

What I really want is a plan I can share between my iPhone and iPad at the same time - does anyone offer anything like that?
 

Phoenix111

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To add to this. You can use AT&T this month, then switch to a different carrier next month.
Can I switch between AT&T and Verizon if I get a Verizon sim card? Or does that require a Verizon hardware specific iPad?
 

Night Spring

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Can I switch between AT&T and Verizon if I get a Verizon sim card? Or does that require a Verizon hardware specific iPad?
There is no Verizon specific iPad. All cellular iPads are the same, hardware wise. So theoretically, you should be able to switch between Verizon and AT&T by swapping SIM cards. Whether or not Verizon will allow that... That is the question!
 

DoofenshmirtzEI

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Can I switch between AT&T and Verizon if I get a Verizon sim card? Or does that require a Verizon hardware specific iPad?
With the iPad Air 2, you just need to switch the SIM. They aren't carrier specific in the hardware.

Edit: Just want to be sure people understand the specificity. The original iPad Air (and all previous iPads) come in carrier specific versions, and while there have been threads detailing the hoops people have jumped through to get them activated on networks other than one they were built for, don't count on being able to do it. With the iPad Air 2 (the very newest one just announced), there are no more carrier specific versions (in the US, as well as the UK I believe). Verizon requires you to get a Verizon-specific SIM from them to activate on Verizon, but in order to go to and from Verizon all you have to do is switch the SIM, the iPad hardware itself is all the same version.
 
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