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

    all you need to do is insert the sim into ipad and activate it in the
    settings app.

    no web site needed and no idiot customer service people needed.
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
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  2. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    at the bottom:
    200 MB of FREE 4G LTE data every month

    compatible tablets, and don't bother calling, just get the sim and
    Activate Free Data for Life
    To activate Free Data for Life, contact T-Mobile Customer Service to
    ensure your tablet or Mobile Internet device is eligible. Then,
    simply complete the Connect Me registration on your device. Once
    you've registered, your Free Data for Life is ready to be used.

    Yes. Everyone gets the 200MB of free data. No exceptions. No
    strings attached.
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
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  3. David Howard

    Savageduck Guest

    That seems to be the most comprehensive piece of information regarding
    the free 200MB/month. However, it is worth noting the one caveat,
    because it is free there is no data roaming available.
    Savageduck, Oct 28, 2014
  4. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    then ask for a refund!
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
  5. David Howard

    David Howard Guest

    I have the free T-Mobile data on my iPad.
    What do you mean by "data roaming"?
    I get free data no matter where I am in the USA.
    I didn't get free data in Europe though.
    Is *that* what you mean by "no roaming"?
    David Howard, Oct 28, 2014
  6. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    roaming onto a partner system.

    for instance, in western pennsylvania, t-mobile devices will roam onto
    at&t (really) and in iowa it will roam onto iowa wireless. if you have
    a t-mobile phone, you can make voice calls, but there is no data. if
    you have an ipad (i.e., no voice, just data), you have nothing until
    you're back within range of t-mobile towers.
    no you don't.

    you get it where there's t-mobile native coverage, and that's rather
    limited especially outside of major cities.
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
  7. David Howard

    Patty Winter Guest

    I think it's the Fifth Sign of the Apocalypse!!

    Patty Winter, Oct 28, 2014
  8. David Howard

    David Howard Guest

    I see. Yes. I either get free data, or, when there is no signal, I
    get nothing.

    One nice thing though, is that the free data plan makes the iPad
    into a free telephone.

    a) I get free phone calls to anyone in the USA using Hangouts.
    b) I can receive free phone calls from anyone who calls my GV number.
    c) I can text out SMS using GV.
    d) I can receive SMS text back, using GV.

    So, the free T-Mobile SIM data turns the iPad into a free telephone.
    The main disadvantage is that it's a speakerphone.
    David Howard, Oct 28, 2014
  9. David Howard

    Patty Winter Guest

    Patty Winter, Oct 28, 2014
  10. David Howard

    Patty Winter Guest

    If someone doesn't use the T-Mobile website or visit a T-Mobile
    store, how do you expect them to order a SIM card?
    Patty Winter, Oct 28, 2014
  11. David Howard

    David Howard Guest

    Actually, I *think* you can order the SIM card over the phone.

    But, if they
    a) don't call T-Mobile, and,
    b) don't visit the web site, and,
    c) don't visit the store,
    then, yes, they can't get the SIM card.
    David Howard, Oct 28, 2014
  12. David Howard

    Patty Winter Guest

    Here is the page I used when I ordered a SIM card last June:

    That page is probably for the nano card, so you'll probably want to
    start on the "Choose Your Device" page to make sure you get the right

    Unfortunately, the FREESIM promo doesn't appear to be valid for a
    SIM-only purchase. Still, $10 isn't much for free lifetime data.

    Patty Winter, Oct 28, 2014
  13. David Howard

    Patty Winter Guest

    Oops, nope, that section isn't even about the totally free plan.
    It's about the free-data-with-paid-plan plan.

    Patty Winter, Oct 28, 2014
  14. David Howard

    Patty Winter Guest

    Start here:

    Patty Winter, Oct 28, 2014
  15. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    sure, if you do voip. that can work, but it's not really ideal.
    bluetooth headset or wired headset.
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
  16. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    it's about the free plan but it's not all that clear.

    there is another free data plan with a paid plan.

    t-mobile's site is anything but clear, possibly intentionally so.
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
  17. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    the point is you don't need to find the part of the t-mobile site that
    describes the free plan.

    it exists and it works. just get a sim and activate. it really is that

    you can get t-mobile sims in a lot of places, including best buy,
    walgreens, etc. they'll charge you full price but they're available.
    ebay is also a good bet for sims, and for a buck or two. amazon
    probably has them as well.
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
  18. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    true, but it will go on sale again.
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
  19. David Howard

    David Howard Guest

    I didn't say it was ideal, but only that the free SIM card turns
    a tablet into a free cellphone.

    Let's call it the 'poor man's cellphone' ...
    David Howard, Oct 28, 2014
  20. David Howard

    Bert Guest

    In nospam
    You missed the descriptive text under the headline:

    In addition to matching your data, when you add a tablet to your
    voice plan, you’ll get up to 200 MB FREE additional monthly 4G
    LTE data for as long as you own your tablet.

    And a few lines down, a tweet from @TMobileHelp:

    You can get a 200MB Starter data pass for free every month when
    you activate a Pay in Advance Mobile Internet line. ^JP
    Bert, Oct 28, 2014
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