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

    different plan.

    again, different plan.

    you do realize that t-mobile has a wide variety of plans, right?

    what legere said is correct: 200mb free for anyone who wants it.

    get a t-mobile sim, put it in the ipad and activate. that's all it
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
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  2. David Howard

    Bert Guest

    In nospam
    I was directed to that page as an example of the "free" data offer.
    I was directed to that page as an example of the "free" data offer.
    Bert, Oct 28, 2014
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  3. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    stop overcomplicating things.

    get a tmobile sim, insert into ipad, activate. you'll get 200 meg free,
    no strings attached.

    don't go looking on their site and definitely don't call because you'll
    be led into paid plans.
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
  4. David Howard

    Savageduck Guest

    To make this free 200MB/month plan work all you have is the T-Mobile
    SIM installed and active. Effectively you are now on their pay-as-you
    go (daily/weekly/monthly no lock-in)plan. If you don't buy anything the
    200MB is free and gets refreshed every month for the life of that

    If all you need is 200MB/month and there is good T-Mobile coverage
    where you need to use it, then you couldn't get a better deal. Just
    don't plan on streaming too many movies.

    BTW: Yesterday my iPhone with my Verizon plan bailed me out when we had
    a power outage and killed my Wi-Fi network for about 4 hours. I used my
    iPhone as an LTE hotspot giving my iPad full access, and in that 4
    hours used 180MB. So while that 200MB/month is free, it is also
    limiting, and really just gives you minimal broad band access.
    I have yet to use any cellular data for my iPad other than via iPhone hotspot.
    Savageduck, Oct 28, 2014
  5. David Howard

    A. Beck. Guest

    I have the T-Mobile free data on my ipad and I don't even
    have T-Mobile on my phone (it's AT&T).
    A. Beck., Oct 28, 2014
  6. David Howard

    A. Beck. Guest

    Just visit them.
    If they're far away, then give up.
    But, next time you're on a trip, use Google Maps to find the
    nearest T-Mobile store and drop in for your $10 SIM card and
    you'll be done with it.
    A. Beck., Oct 28, 2014
  7. David Howard

    Bert Guest

    Since the info I've received in this conversation appears to be correct,
    for the time being you can get a T-Mobile SIM at no charge through with the
    promo code FREESIM.

    They've done similar promotions from time to time, but I suppose $10
    isn't going to break the bank either.
    Bert, Oct 28, 2014
  8. David Howard

    Erilar Guest

    d) buy an iPad with the t-mobile SIM. Just don't try to get a connection
    for the "free data" to begin with in a rural area.
    Erilar, Oct 28, 2014
  9. David Howard

    Erilar Guest

    What's GV?
    Erilar, Oct 28, 2014
  10. David Howard

    Erilar Guest

    Perhaps that's the trap I'm caught in. I avoid large cities in the US to
    begin with.
    Erilar, Oct 28, 2014
  11. David Howard

    Erilar Guest

    Erilar, Oct 28, 2014
  12. David Howard

    Erilar Guest

    Tried. Nothing.
    Erilar, Oct 28, 2014
  13. David Howard

    Erilar Guest

    $11.55 a month. I can get some kind of international extra thing for
    overseas if I think I'm going to be using it much. My off- line maps give
    me GPS location and lots of map data, which is a major reason I discovered
    cellular was less vital than I expected on my last trip. Even those who
    had it on the last trip had no connection at times in Eastern Europe. If
    I'm staying in a hotel with free wi-fi in my room(one of the criteria for
    choosing hotels for me nowadays), I don't need full-time internet access.
    Erilar, Oct 28, 2014
  14. David Howard

    David Howard Guest

    I'm sorry for not being clear.

    The only way I know of to make a USA tablet into a totally free
    telephone, is to install Google Voice (aka GV) for SMS
    and to install Google Hangouts (for free VOIP to USA
    numbers), along with the free-for-life T-Mobile SIM card.

    If you know of any other way to make a tablet into a totally
    free telephone, for life, please let me know.

    The simple requirements are:
    0. Totally free cellular service forever!
    1. Unlimited USA phone calls, forever!
    2. Must work both to and from landlines!
    3. Must work with SMS both ways using the same phone number!

    I actually *hate* the Google graphical user interface, so,
    if you know of a better implementation than that which I have
    come up with, please let me know!
    David Howard, Oct 28, 2014
  15. David Howard

    David Howard Guest

    I think I reported that information long ago, but I do agree that
    T-Mobile offers *other* plans, so, it's confusing to some, who don't
    believe us.

    That's pretty much why I suggested the person asking to just visit
    a T-Mo store, and be done with it, but, I also suggest they print
    the promo page, because at the T-Mo store, you don't want to have
    to prove it to the salepeople, who, understandably, would like to
    sell the person more than just a $0, $1, or $10 SIM card.

    I remember getting *my* SIM card for free, but, as we stated many times,
    T-Mobile changes the cost of the SIM card periodically.
    David Howard, Oct 28, 2014
  16. David Howard

    David Howard Guest

    Don't *all* the major map programs offer offline maps nowadays?

    I know Google Maps does.

    So, with Google Maps, you don't need *any* cellular connection
    whatsoever, and it tracks where you are just as well.

    Others, such as Navigator and CoPilot will also route just fine
    without a cellular connection, and they don't need to be updated
    every month (like Google Maps does).
    David Howard, Oct 28, 2014
  17. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    only if you've cached what you want to see.

    near to where you are works but if you're on a road trip it is not
    going to work well, or if you want to pull up a random area.
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
  18. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    if you can get a t-mobile signal, then you can get free data, even if
    you're in a rural area.

    the problem s that t-mobile coverage is not that great, and in rural
    areas it is probably 2g/edge, possibly even gprs, which will be slow
    data, assuming there's a signal at all.
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
  19. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    google voice
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
  20. David Howard

    Guest Guest

    does t-mobile have coverage where you are?
    Guest, Oct 28, 2014
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