iPad mini iPad mini Verizon (3G only - no LTE question)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JalinLLC, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. JalinLLC macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2012
    I have not setup a prepaid account yet, and have no desire to start one quite yet, but I would like to know that I do not have a hardware problem:

    On my new iPad mini Verizon 64GB I am only getting 3G service indicated- No LTE (FYI - LTE option is activated in the cellular setup) .

    The question I have is if anyone with the Verizon mini has LTE service showing up prior to activating the cellular service?

    My guess is that this may be normal for the new iPad mini's and iPad 4th gen Verizon devices, but when I got my iPad 3rd gen Verizon back in March I did see LTE service prior to activating a prepaid account.
  2. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I believe you will not see LTE until service is activated.
  3. TB07-NJ macrumors 68020

    Jul 7, 2008
    My VZW iPad 3 never showed LTE unless I had active service. When my month expired it only showed 3G.
  4. JalinLLC thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2012

  5. Anti-Lucifer macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    It is because LTE requires an active SIM. If you don't have a SIM installed or the SIM is not active, it will drop back down to EVDO (3G). This is for Verizon and the AT&T model as well (but AT&T shows fauxG aka 4G before activation).
  6. JalinLLC thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2012
    Thanks for the additional information - very helpful!

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