All iPads Why carrier-specific cellular models?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by blackjackmark, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. blackjackmark, Oct 22, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2013

    blackjackmark macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2010
    So with the iPad Air, will the T Mobile version be usable on all carriers?

    If I recall, the T-Mobile version of the iPhone 5s works on all carriers. If that is the case with this new iPad Air, then why is it in Apple's best interest to market four different versions? I just don't get the concept for that. Sure, Apple can have four carriers each selling "their" versions, but from a marketing perspective, I would think that Apple would get a lot more play out of the idea of "one iPad, choose from four carriers". And it'd be great for us...look at the competition it'd create. Heck, T-Mobile's throwing down the gauntlet and giving away data even with carrier-specific versions.

  2. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2010
    I checked Apple's website. They are all the same version and all unlocked. A Verizon or AT&T iPad will work with T-Mobile and vice versa.

    The different versions ship with the SIM card for the specific carrier. You can swap it out and put in another carrier's SIM.
  3. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    I am trying to understand all this as well.

    Why not buy the ATT or TMOBILE and then pick the plan that works?
  4. YodasMaster macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2012
    They make you choose because they are not going to include 4 SIM cards with each iPad, that would be a waste of money.
  5. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010

    How difficult to get a "new" sim for another carrier? T-Mobile to start, ATT later?
  6. jonfarr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2012
    i have a att ipad min, i plan on getting a tmobile mini 2 and seeing how the free data goes, and then putting the nano sim from my att mini (company account) into my mini 2.
  7. AllieNeko macrumors 65816

    Sep 25, 2003
    Depends on the carrier, AT&T is a piece of cake. Verizon very hard. Sprint I dare say impossible.
  8. YodasMaster macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2012
    Why would it be a problem to get a SIM card from Verizon or Sprint? I cant imagine they'd turn away customers wanting to join their network.
  9. Akack macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2011
    It's gonna be a real hassle to get a prepaid iPad sim from a Verizon retail outlet. Google " need verizon SIM card for iPad " to see the complaints from Verizon users.

    Read that you will have better luck calling verizon and asking for sim but a real pita trying to get one from a verizon store.

    No experience with Sprint.
  10. YodasMaster macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2012
    Apparently you can pick up Verizon sims on eBay for $5.00 that work.
  11. AllieNeko macrumors 65816

    Sep 25, 2003
    But they do. LOL, at least if you think getting an iPad SIM is bad, try getting a Nexus 7 SIM. Verizon's official policy to to refuse because they haven't "tested" it (aka been paid by Google).

    Sprint is even worse. At least Verizon reluctantly embraces SIM cards. Sprint uses them for Apple LTE devices and nothing else. Adding insult to injury, this is the first Sprint LTE SIM that *might* be swappable between devices. See, iPhone LTE SIM cards on Sprint do not have the CSIM application, meaning that unlike with Verizon, the SIM card isn't used for CDMA. This effectively eliminates the purpose of the SIM card.

    I'm also going to be curious if the Sprint iPad is fully unlocked in normal iPad tradition, if it is it'll be a first for a Sprint device... ever.
  12. The.Dude, Oct 23, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2013

    The.Dude macrumors regular


    Oct 21, 2013
    I'd love to know as well. I plan on the ATT model due to their upcoming data plan addition (3 month) but I'd love to have a T-Mobile Sim to throw in for the free data. Can I get a spare one from Apple when I pick up my iPad? Or will a T-Mobile store give me one if I visit a store?

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