Took the Verizon physical sim out of my Mini 5, but there’s no option to sign up for other services. There’s only a scan qr code option. Am I going to have to buy a fully unlocked iPad directly from Apple in order to try other networks? Thanks.
If you bought the iPad from Verizon, there is no eSIM option available for other carriers. I don’t know if adding the carrier manually works, as I haven’t tried.
OP is talking about the eSIM slot, not the physical Nano SIM one.
Possibly. AT&T did that on older Embedded Apple SIM iPads purchased from them. The Verizon ones had the Embedded Apple SIM completely disabled. This is why I'm hesitant to buy a new iPad from carriers.