I have a first generation iPad mini on Verizon as both the title of the post and my signature would suggest. For a multitude of reasons, I would like to suspend/deactivate (whichever word is more appropriate) my prepaid service (as in, it was activated from within the iPad mini itself and is, not linked to my post-paid Verizon account). For additional context, I am doing this temporarily; though I'm guessing that by the time I find myself wanting to re-activate prepaid service, I'll have more or less replaced this iPad mini with a Verizon version of the model that succeeds the current (second generation) "iPad mini with Retina Display". That said, I have a few questions: (1) Can I, either via the iPad mini itself, or via Verizon, tell it to stop billing and de-activate service starting the NEXT cycle? Or do I have to time my cancellation just right so I get the most out of what I paid them this billing cycle? (2) If I want to re-activate the iPad mini (either prepaid or if I want to add it to my postpaid account) will I need to get a different SIM card? I've been told that, while I shouldn't in theory, on the first generation iPad mini on Verizon, in particular, re-activation doesn't go 100% smoothly. (I'm wondering if anyone can attest either way.) (3) Are there any other issues or hiccups that I should know about in either de-activating cellular service on this iPad or in potentially re-activating it at a later time? Again, specifically, I'm dealing with Big Red. (4) Bonus question out of curiosity: Will my iPad mini retain its phone number even though it will have been de-activated at this point?