Carrier What is the phone number for on activated iPad Air LTE?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iJeremy, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. iJeremy macrumors member

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    So I just activated the cellular data on my iPad Air and saw that the iPad was assigned its own phone number. Do I need that number for anything?

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Ludatyk macrumors 65816

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    It's just a way that carriers bill you.

    Not sure exactly what your asking. But you cannot use it for voice purposes... only data.
     
  3. iJeremy thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks

    OK thanks for quick response. Just wasn't sure if there was a use for it from my end.
     
  4. jlc1978 macrumors 68000

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    It also allowed for text messaging in addition to billing. My Aircard has a phone # attached which gets texts.
     
  5. awair macrumors regular

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    Some carriers allow messaging, some may not. My carrier provides routine status updates on my data line, and as the iPad has no way of presenting these to me, I only receive them if the SIM card is in another device such as a USB modem or MiFi.
     
  6. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    Back before T-Mobile became an official iPhone/iPad carrier. I used a data only sim with a Nexus 7/iPad Mini. To setup an online account, they sent a temporary pin to the device to verify the device. Since an iPad can't get these since they are basically text messages, I had to slip it into the Nexus 7 since they can receive those types of messages.

    Of course now, setting up a T-Mobile account for a data plan does not require this.
     
  7. andyw715 macrumors 6502a

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    SMS's primary function was to deliver messages to the device from the carrier.

    Carriers then got smart and decided to sell them at 10 cents a pop.
     

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