Carrier Question - LTE Availability Options

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jeme, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. jeme macrumors regular

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    So I know there are only two model numbers or part numbers for the iPad Mini Retina. So with the very limited availability of the LTE models, why would a person just not buy one that is available say Sprint and put a AT&T or Verizon SIM in it as it will work. What would be the down side of doing something like this?

    See here and then look at this pic.

    http://gigaom.com/2013/11/01/ipad-air-with-lte-tip-you-can-switch-carrier-sims-at-will/
     

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  2. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    I have heard that some carriers are a little difficult about activating a device that you did not buy from them. However, at the end of the day they aren't likely to pass up a customer. I say get whichever LTE you can find and then get the SIM card you want.

    For example, my Air and my wife's Mini are both Verizon. I ordered the free SIMs from TMobile and they work for the free 200mb of data.
     
  3. jeme thread starter macrumors regular

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    Agreed - I have a Sprint LTE model with another carriers SIM in it. I am trying to determine if there are any downsides to doing this?
     
  4. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Some have claimed it's very difficult if not impossible to get a Verizon SIM if you don't have a Verizon ipad.

    So, I'd go with a Verizon unit vs. Sprint.

    Otherwise, buying a Verizon ipad 3 or above lets you use it with Verizon, AT&T, or TMobile as you wish since AT&T and T-Mobile SIMs are simple to obtain.
     
  5. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

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    I have an unactivated Verizon SIM, and I still couldn't activate my Sprint iPad with Verizon. Some have had success, but I wouldn't count on it.

    The hardware is the same, it's just that Sprint and Verizon don't want to activate devices that weren't labeled for their networks.
     
  6. bidwalj macrumors 6502a

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    If you provide them with an imed of an verizon ipad, any verizon ipad, they will activate the sim. That's the problem with verizon and sprint.

    I have an att retina mini that I'm using on verizon with my old verizon sim. I activated the sim last year on a verizon ipad mini
     

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