Carrier Purchase T-Mobile iPad Air and Swap SIM with Verizon 3rd Gen iPad - Good Idea?

ASUgrad1999

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I have a Verizon iPad 3rd Gen that I have connected to my Verizon Family Share plan for $10/month (I own it outright, no contract). I would like to upgrade to the iPad Air and let my wife and kids use my old iPad.

Can I do the following:

1) Buy a new iPad Air at T-Mobile and sign up of the 1GB of LTE for $10/mo
2) Immediately go home and swap the SIM cards of this T-Mobile iPad with my Verizon 3rd Gen iPad?

This would allow me to get the T-Mobile discount on the iPad (which is about $130 off) and free financing and it would allow me to have the fast reliable Verizon network on the new iPad and no risk of data overages on the kids' iPad.

Would this be as easy as swapping SIM's as soon as I bring home the new device? Is there anything else I should know?

Thanks in advance!
 

ron7624

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I have a Verizon iPad 3rd Gen that I have connected to my Verizon Family Share plan for $10/month (I own it outright, no contract). I would like to upgrade to the iPad Air and let my wife and kids use my old iPad.

Can I do the following:

1) Buy a new iPad Air at T-Mobile and sign up of the 1GB of LTE for $10/mo
2) Immediately go home and swap the SIM cards of this T-Mobile iPad with my Verizon 3rd Gen iPad?

This would allow me to get the T-Mobile discount on the iPad (which is about $130 off) and free financing and it would allow me to have the fast reliable Verizon network on the new iPad and no risk of data overages on the kids' iPad.

Would this be as easy as swapping SIM's as soon as I bring home the new device? Is there anything else I should know?

Thanks in advance!
No. you can't buy a device from t-Mobike and use a verizon SIM card in that decice. Only a device purchased from Verizon, or apple with verizon specified or a used verizon enabled device will work with a verizon sim.
Verizon is the only carrier that restriction. All other iPads are unlocked for any orher provider. There are a bunch of threads dedicated to this topic.
 

joplinG5

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No. You can't buy a device from TMO and use a verizon SIM card in that device.

Sure you can! Every iPad TMO sells is carrier unlocked. Every cellular iPad sold in the US regardless of carrier is carrier unlocked.

Just buy the cellular iPad from whichever carrier has the best price and use it on whatever carrier you want. Simple as that.

Buying a cellular iPad is not like buying a carrier locked phone. Totally different world.
 

Night Spring

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Sure you can! Every iPad TMO sells is carrier unlocked. Every cellular iPad sold in the US regardless of carrier is carrier unlocked.

Just buy the cellular iPad from whichever carrier has the best price and use it on whatever carrier you want. Simple as that.

Buying a cellular iPad is not like buying a carrier locked phone. Totally different world.
It's not that the iPad is carrier locked. When a device is carrier locked, the original carrier has to release the device for use on other carriers. In this case, we have the opposite problem. T-Mobile has no objections if you take their iPad and use it on Verizon. But Verizon won't accept iPads they don't see as their own.
 

ron7624

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Sure you can! Every iPad TMO sells is carrier unlocked. Every cellular iPad sold in the US regardless of carrier is carrier unlocked.

Just buy the cellular iPad from whichever carrier has the best price and use it on whatever carrier you want. Simple as that.

Buying a cellular iPad is not like buying a carrier locked phone. Totally different world.
Unless you can get verizon to add your iPad to the 'list' of authorized iPads, no you can't. Yes they are all unlocked, but verizon will not hook you up unless your iPad is registered with them. Call and see before you buy. Tell them what you plan to do and ask them if it is possible. I hope I'm wrong, but others have run into this problem. I've also heard where a new verizon customer rep was was asked to add the sn to their list, and that new rep did it. So, yes it is possible, but not the norm.
In any case, don't take the advice offered you at the MacRumors site as gospel. Find out from the horses mouth.
 

MrDaveed

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T-Mobile iPad on Verizon

I'm curious why there is so much misinformation here about using T-Mobile iPads with Verizon and inter-carrier changes... How many of us have tried it before? Here's some proof to debunk the myth.
 

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Night Spring

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I'm curious why there is so much misinformation here about using T-Mobile iPads with Verizon and inter-carrier changes... How many of us have tried it before? Here's some proof to debunk the myth.
That doesn't debunk the "myth." That just shows that the iPad can "see" the Verizon network. It doesn't show that Verizon will let you sign up for their data plan.
 
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Night Spring

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Yep. Just told them I had my verizon ipad at home and they did it for me
As in they added the iPad's device ID to their database? Yes, that's what people have been saying all along. If you call up and you get lucky, you can get them to add your iPad to their database.
 

MrDaveed

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As in they added the iPad's device ID to their database? Yes, that's what people have been saying all along. If you call up and you get lucky, you can get them to add your iPad to their database.
If you look, the OP has an existing line on Verizon and asked about using that on a T-Mobile Air. He didn't ask about signing a new line up. It was just plug it in and it worked. No call to Verizon.
 

east85

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Even on the off chance that you could convince verizon to enable it and on the off chance that it is even possible it wouldn't be worth risking your cash for those infinitely small odds.
 

MrDaveed

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Even on the off chance that you could convince verizon to enable it and on the off chance that it is even possible it wouldn't be worth risking your cash for those infinitely small odds.
I just showed that it's possible. What are the small odds against?
 

Night Spring

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If you look, the OP has an existing line on Verizon and asked about using that on a T-Mobile Air. He didn't ask about signing a new line up. It was just plug it in and it worked. No call to Verizon.
Oops, I missed that part, sorry. Still, as another poster pointed out, the iPad 3 and Air takes different size SIMs. So OP would have to either cut down the iPad 3 SIM, or talk Verizon into giving him an iPad Air sized SIM.
 

nixiemaiden

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Doesn't TMobile have a restriction where if you sign up for their data plan, the sim is only good in the device you signed up with? Maybe it is a misunderstanding on my part but I think I read something about this somewhere.
 

rui no onna

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Doesn't TMobile have a restriction where if you sign up for their data plan, the sim is only good in the device you signed up with? Maybe it is a misunderstanding on my part but I think I read something about this somewhere.
That's true for their 200MB free plan (and it's quite understandable why they'd impose this restriction on that). No idea if they do the same for paid plans.