iPad Using Verizon iPad LTE with AT&T SIM

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  1. KeepCalmPeople, Nov 1, 2012
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    KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816

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    A question, before I visit my local AT&T store (can't be sure they'll give me the whole truth):

    My wife has a Verizon iPad LTE. I won't bore you with why. Our family has AT&T phones on the AT&T Family Share Plan, with 6GB shared.

    My wife is currently paying $20 a month for 1GB of data with Verizon, prepaid. A couple of times she has used up the data is less than a month.
    With an AT&T SIM I could add her to our Family Share Plan for $10 a month and she would have access to up to 6GB of data each month (we have not used more than 3GB in a month so far).

    This seems like a good way to save $10 a month and avoid selling her iPad for an AT&T model (the plus would be an upgrade to the 4th gen, the minus is a $300 - 400 loss). I know she will get AT&T HSPA+ only, but that is still pretty quick and I don't think she'll notice the difference.

    Anything I'm missing? Should I be able to get a free SIM from AT&T?
     
  2. Baggio, Nov 1, 2012
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    Baggio macrumors 6502

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    You won't get LTE on AT&T. The verizon model has different LTE frequencies than AT&T. You will HSPA+ or psuedo 4G. ;)
     
  3. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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    They might charge you $15 for the SIM - they did when I got a new one for an old iPad a year ago. But other than that, should be no issues.
     
  4. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    He clearly said he knows that. But that aside, I believe it should work. The Verizon iPhone five works like that, but I'm not positive about the iPad.
     
  5. Baggio macrumors 6502

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    It should work. All iPads are SIM unlocked.

    The previous Verizon 3G iPad did not have SIM for GSM networks, but I believe they added the SIM for the LTE models.
     
  6. KeepCalmPeople thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the answers folks. I think I'll talk to AT&T to confirm. The only remaining questions are:
    1) What will Verizon charge me to give me a new micro-SIM when the time comes to sell?
    2) Will I be able to pry the iPad out of my wife's hands long enough to take it to an AT&T store and get it set up?
     
  7. KeepCalmPeople thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I went to my local AT&T store and the manager said that a Verizon iPad won't work on AT&T's network.
    I then talked to AT&T live chat online and the CSR told me that 'Verizon is CDMA and AT&T is GSM' so it wouldn't work.

    Perhaps I'll just pull the SIM out of one of the phones and put it into the iPad to test it...?
     

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