AT&T Locks Down the Apple SIM Cards in the New iPads

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  1. RaduTyrsina

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    There is one little known feature about the new iPads that has excited many so far - the option to change to different carriers through a few taps. However, as it turns out and probably as some of you were expecting - it's just too good to be true. At least that's valid if you're an AT&T or T-Mobile customer.

    AT&T and T-Mobile both lock down new iPad SIM cards in their stores but T-Mobile iPads purchased at an Apple store will remain open. So, if a customer wants to switch, he needs to physically change out the SIM card, just as in older iPad models, which means that carriers have pretty much reject the small innovation proposed by Apple because, obviously, it would hurt their business.

    Here are some more details about this:

    And here's how Apple's explanation of this new features sounds like:

    "Using Apple SIM, you can choose from different cellular carriers and their various programs. The data plans vary by carrier. For instance, in the United States, you can choose a domestic plan from either Sprint or T-Mobile and also pick an alternate plan from the other carrier as needed. When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only."

    What we can hope is that carriers will have a different approach in the future and will put customers on the first place.

    Source: Cnet
     
  2. scifan57

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    Maybe Apple could make it impossible for AT&T or anyone else to lock down the Apple SIM card?
     
  3. Tweak2

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    Why does Apple allow this? Doesn't make any sense.
     
  4. Ser Aphim

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    What is this? Apple SIM? Sounds like a YOLO idea.
     
  5. s2mikey

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    I don't see the big deal. If you change carriers you just get a new SIM card. Not the end of the world.
     

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