All iPads Ipads locked to carrier?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jjp007, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. jjp007 macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2009
    Are ipads locked? I keep seeing ebay auctions saying that their ipad is unlocked but I didn't think that ipads were necessarily locked to one carrier. I know certain cellular ones will only work with compatible with cellular companies but are they locked?
  2. baypharm macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2007
    Taken from the Apple website:

    The iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular model you purchase will work with a number of carriers such as AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
  3. triple-tap macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2013
    That quotation from Apple's website doesn't tell the whole story......

    Verizon and Sprint (both giant greedy dickwad carriers BTW) refuse to allow a person to use any tablet on their network that was not originally designated as a "Verizon" device (or sprint).

    Its 1000% BS, and I hope Verizon Corp takes a tumble like Tyco or Enron.

    BUT if you want to use the device on Verizon EVER, you better buy a Verizon version upfront. AT&T and Tmobile would rather have your business, and they don't care who the tablet was originally labeled to be used with. All iPad Air's contain the correct LTE radios to work on any of the big 4 networks.

    P.S. Verizon sucks @$$.

    Disclosure: I have Verizon as my phone carrier (due to the nature of my job). I have Tmobile as my iPad carrier.

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