newbie to SIMS, how to get one?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by cfs, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. cfs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    I am off to get a New iPad today or tomorrow and getting an LTE version. I am in an area that has strong connections to both at&t and verizon and just found out both work fine internationally. I like verizon's 1gb for $20 but it seems as if people are having a headache with SIM. I want a prepaid card because I only want to use the SIM once every few months. I have read the deal with the verizon SIMS about not deleting account and all but am wondering,

    Are SIMS hard to get? For example, if I have a verizon iPad bought from Apple can I just walk in Verizon and pick up a SIM? If I have a Verizon iPad can I just walk into Apple and pick up an at&t SIM? What is less of a headache?


  2. MtnMutt macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2012
    mine was already installed, I went with the Verizon LTE, 64G
  3. cfs thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    Did you buy at the Apple Store?
  4. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    The iPad should come with a SIM installed. If you buy a Verizon iPad, even directly from Apple, it should come ready to set up a prepaid plan right on the iPad.

    If you want an AT&T SIM for a Verizon iPad, I think you would have to go to an AT&T store.
  5. MtnMutt macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2012
    I ordered mine on-line from Apple and got it for the Grand Friday opener. I checked the serial number and it was build in March the week I got it strange, yes.
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Sticking an AT&T SIM into a Verizon iPad will only get you 3G (or what AT&T calls 4G), not LTE speed.
  7. barkomatic, Apr 15, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2012

    barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I checked into this before I bought my iPad. It turns out that although AT&T will sell me a sim for $15, they will not activate it. They said that had to be done on the iPad itself or I'd have to get a postpaid plan.

    It's not currently possible (as far as I know) to activate an AT&T sim in a Verizon iPad.

    My impression is that early reviewers actually bought two iPads, activated cellular plans on both and afterward stuck the AT&T sim into the Verizon model and it worked. They gushed about the flexibility without thinking about how the average person would make this work who doesn't have an activated sim handy.

    So, it's possible, but just not practical. I think some people have managed to get their AT&T iPhone sim to work in a Verizon iPad, but for me that not a solution. I want my phone to work while I'm online.

    I figured if I'm going to all this trouble to figure out how to make an AT&T sim work--I might as well just get an AT&T model. Even Verizon's LTE network is mostly limited to large metro areas and if you aren't on it you stuck with Verizon's very low speed 3G network. I've found AT&T's HSPA+ and even their 3G service to be fast. Next year, I might get the Verizon model since by then they will have replaced almost their entire 3G network.
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Or they had an iPad 2 on AT&T, and took the SIM from that to stick into the new iPad. I also think if you have a MiFi device (or whatever it is called at AT&T), an activated SIM from that could also work in an iPad. But you are right that this is impractical for most people.

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