AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards on new iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3

Discussion in 'iPad' started by David Howard, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    the original air has a normal sim.

    the air 2 has an apple sim, where you can choose between t-mobile, at&t
    or sprint from a menu at any time.

    for t-mobile and sprint, it's a two-way street and you can switch out
    and back in at any time. however, if you choose at&t, it's a one-way
    street. you will not be able to switch out. *that* is the problem.
    Guest, Oct 26, 2014
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  2. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    t-mobile's tablet plan is free no matter what you have.

    there is no requirement to have a t-mobile phone or any phone for that
    matter. it's 200 meg/month free, no strings attached. period.

    there are *other* plans that require a t-mobile phone.
    Guest, Oct 26, 2014
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  3. David Howard

    DevilsPGD Guest

    There are still costs to produce it, ship it to stores, sales manhours
    to stock them, sell them, etc. And if something is completely free,
    you'll end up with people taking abusive numbers.

    The system which seems to work best at balancing both sides is the
    Square reader, charge $10, apply it as a bill credit on the first
    activation, such that it's ultimately free if used as intended, but
    people don't waste them.
    Carriers tend to either charge a nominal fee for the SIM unless it's
    sold with hardware or a contract (or an activation fee of some sort,
    which accomplishes the same thing.) This is less common when you're
    signing a contract, but it seems to apply to month-to-month service or
    SIMs that don't have services attached.

    Your mileage may vary by carrier, this is based on my own experience
    with various carriers in various countries around the world.
    DevilsPGD, Oct 26, 2014
  4. David Howard

    AV3 Guest

    The website I visited


    didn't supply sims for Apple products. Is there an iPbone sim from Lenovo?

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    AV3, Oct 26, 2014
  5. David Howard

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In the last episode of <251020141917581303%>,
    Has anyone tried a Apple SIM in an iPad Air to see what happens?
    DevilsPGD, Oct 26, 2014
  6. David Howard

    DevilsPGD Guest

    No. Is there an Apple SIM for Lenovo products? -- Like Apple, Lenovo's
    solution is specifically aimed at working with their products. The point
    is that single-SIM multi-carrier solutions are not new, what is new is
    Apple offering them, and requiring separate contracts with each carrier.
    DevilsPGD, Oct 26, 2014
  7. nospam wrote, on Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:17:59 -0400:
    I concur.

    The only thing you have to pay for with T-Mobile tablet data
    is the card, which is sometimes $10, sometimes $1, and sometimes free,
    depending on their sales cycle.

    It has nothing to do with your phone.
    Jonathan Williams, Oct 26, 2014
  8. David Howard

    David Howard Guest

    BTW, is the new Apple SIM a 'normal size' on the newer iPads?
    David Howard, Oct 26, 2014
  9. David Howard

    Erilar Guest

    So why won't they let me do it?
    Erilar, Oct 26, 2014
  10. David Howard

    Erilar Guest

    Well, that's the only kind they'll let me have. It's not expensive, but not
    Erilar, Oct 26, 2014
  11. David Howard

    David Howard Guest

    0. Print any or all of these out to paper (or put a bookmark
    to them in your cellphone)

    1. Bring your tablet to the T-Mobile store and show them
    any of those three references if they're clueless (they
    often are, as this is just a side show for them).

    2. Pay your $10 or $1 or $0 to set up a free SIM card.

    3. Put it in your tablet, and you're good to go.

    What part of *that* sequence didn't work for you?
    David Howard, Oct 26, 2014
  12. Erilar wrote, on Sun, 26 Oct 2014 16:41:39 +0000:
    You gave them too much data.

    While it doesn't matter, it confuses them when you tell
    them that you have a T-Mobile phone plan.

    Don't even tell them. The free data has *nothing* to do
    with the phone anyway.

    So, just set up an account, under any name you want,
    where it's just the tablet.
    Jonathan Williams, Oct 26, 2014
  13. David Howard

    Patty Winter Guest

    I didn't even need to go into a store. When this subject came up
    in this newsgroup a few months ago, I went to the T-Mobile website
    and discovered that they were running a special on SIMs: $0.01.
    With free shipping! So I ordered one, swapped it for the unused
    AT&T SIM in my iPad mini, and have been getting 200MB of data
    every month since. (They send me a reminder every month.)

    Patty Winter, Oct 26, 2014
  14. David Howard

    bj Guest

    I got a refurb HP Chromebook that came with the same 200MB/mo free data for
    life, and get the email reminder each month. Makes a nice backup-plan if I
    need mobile data on the fly.
    bj, Oct 26, 2014
  15. David Howard

    Savageduck Guest

    That depends on what you call normal. The Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2
    is a Nano-SIM & it is normal for the current and last generation of
    Savageduck, Oct 26, 2014
  16. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    ipads now use nano sims, so the apple sim will be a nano sim.

    older ipads use micro sims.

    cellphones use mini, micro or nano sims, depending on which phone.
    Guest, Oct 26, 2014
  17. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    they don't 'let you' anything.

    get a t-mobile sim, insert into ipad, activate free 200 meg plan.


    t-mobile stores will sell you a sim for $10, but the t-mobile web site
    puts them on sale fairly often for a buck or free. order one or two in
    the right size (mini/micro/nano) and you're all set.
    Guest, Oct 26, 2014
  18. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    they aren't stopping you.

    all you need to do is get a t-mobile sim and activate it yourself on
    the ipad.

    you don't even need to talk to them and it's best if you don't since
    their customer service are idiots who will tell you false information,
    as they did with you.
    Guest, Oct 26, 2014
  19. David Howard

    bj Guest

    Where on the t-mobile site do you find this?
    (I looked at the links you provided above.)
    I can find only the page to buy a SIM with a plan, not *just* a SIM.
    And the iPad Air isn't even on their list.
    I do see a promo code listed, though.
    bj, Oct 26, 2014
  20. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    google 't-mobile sim' and one of the hits is:
    doesn't matter.
    it's normally $10, but lists a promo code right there, freesim, making
    it free.
    Guest, Oct 27, 2014
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