Is there a difference between "Unlocked" and "Verizon" specified Ipads?

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  1. johnny ringo

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    I'm shopping for my first ever Ipad. When looking on Ebay and other sites I see many listings for "unlocked" devices. Many are listed as "new in box". Others show Verizon as the designated carrier. I use Verizon. What concerns should I have, if any?

    Here are two examples:
    APPLE 9.7" IPAD PRO 32GB UNLOCKED VERIZON WIFI CELLULAR

    IPAD PRO 32GB UNLOCKED VERIZON WIFI

    Thanks in advance for your help
     
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    As well as making sure to buy from well established sellers your main concern is that the iPad you are considering buying is not iCloud Activation Locked. Activation Lock will prevent the iPad from being activated unless the Apple ID and password of the original owner is entered. Find My iPhone Activation Lock - Apple Support

    To check the activation lock status of an iOS device, go here and enter the serial or IMEI number. https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/

    With that being said, newer iPads cannot be locked to a specific carrier in the same way that cell phones can.

    If Verizon is the designated carrier it means that there's a pre-installed Verizon SIM card. That SIM card can be removed and replaced with another carrier's SIM card.
     
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