iPad Cellular and 4G LTE?

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  1. IndieP

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm looking to purchase an iPad Air 2 (Unlocked 4G LTE). However, I need a little more clarification as to the terminology that is used. Sites are advertising the Air 2 as Cellular unlocked, Unlocked 4G LTE, Wi-Fi + Cellular, or Wi-Fi +4G LTE. Do all of these definitions have the same meaning, i.e. is the Wi-Fi + Cellular the same as the Wi-Fi + 4G LTE?

    I believe that some can only be used with a certain carrier such as (T-Mobile only) or (AT&T & Verizon) etc. I am looking for an Air 2 that can be used with any carrier that supports 4G LTE, and it is my understanding that the definition Cellular doesn't necessarily mean 4G LTE, am I correct?

    Should I “only” look for the specific words Wi-Fi + 4G LTE?

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    A WiFi plus cellular iPad Air 2 includes support for the latest 4G and LTE data connections as well as EDGE, 2G, and 3G if that's all that's available in a particular area due to a weak cellular signal. Most iPads are sold unlocked and can be used with any compatible cellular carrier. Just buy your iPad from an Apple Store or a place like Best Buy and not from your cellular carrier.
     
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    Hi scifan57,
    Thank you for the information, however, you posted a link below to the Forum rules. Was I guilty of some infraction or is that a link you normaly post below a reply?
     
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    Also, I've just come across this regarding an iPad I am interested in;
    NEW Apple iPAD AIR 2 128GB - SPACE GRAY - 4G LTE GSM Cellular + WiFi - FACTORY UNLOCKED (nano SIM required for cellular connection, NOT included).

    The tablet has been FACTORY UNLOCKED for ALL GSM carriers (prepaid/domestic/international/GLOBAL GSM carriers). Will NOT work for CDMA carriers (Verizon/Sprint/Boost).

    Still a little confused. This eliminates all CDMA carriers and is for GSM only. Are you saying that there is a version that can accomodate both CDMA and GSM?
     
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    There are no separate GSM and CDMA versions of the iPad Air 2. The refusal of Verizon to activate an AT&T iPad Air 2 on their network is more of a policy decision than a technical limitation. That being said, some people have been able to activate their AT&T iPad Air 2 with Verizon by using a Verizon SIM card and not telling Verizon that it's an AT&T iPad when they contact Verizon to have it activated. I found this on MacRumors. Carrier - Proof that AT&T iPad Air can be Activated on Verizon | MacRumors Forums

    The link to the forum rules is part of my signature and appears in every post I make and does not mean that you're doing anything in violation of the forum rules.
     
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    Thanks again.
     
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    You're welcome.
    Of course there's no guarantee that the procedure described in the link will work for you if the person you talk to at Verizon isn't reasonable.
     

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