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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by MB50, Oct 5, 2012.

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    OK I returned my Ipad3 WiFi to get another Ipad3 with cellular, I have read that the Ipad is not locked to one carrier and can be switched. What I need to know is this true? The two carriers in question are AT&T and Verzion, If I buy an Ipad3 with AT&T and dont like the coverage can I switch to Verzion or Verzion to AT&T?

    I have searched the subject but dont have a clear answer. I have also read you cna go from Verzion to AT&T but not AT&T to Verzion.

    Please set me straight

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    In the USA there are only two cellular data branded iPads: the AT&T or Verizon version. I think you have fourteen days to return an iPad back to the Apple store if you don't like either one. I don't have a Verizon iPad, but the data plan for AT&T is 250 mg of data for thirty days. I have not ever run out of data since activating 3G service for my original iPad and the same goes for the new iPad 4G version. Since I have not had experience with Verizon, I am only giving you AT&T.

    Hopefully someone using a Verizon based iPad will chime in.

    I have not heard that an AT&T iPad can be used on a Verizon network. I read about this happening for an iPhone.
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    Can anybody else confirm once on at&t or verzion always on that carrier, or is there a way to switch carriers from one to the other?? I called Apple and was told you can ask the carrier to unlock the ipad to be able to switch carriers, please anybody know the facts???:confused:
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    I'm going to step up once again and reply to you. I searched and found this article about switching from Verizon to AT&T on the same iPad 3rd generation. According to this article the Verizon iPad 3rd generation is unlocked. So if you get an AT&T micro SIM card, you can install it on your Verizon branded iPad. However, the article implies that you can not do the reverse with an AT&T branded iPad. But then again, you may want to do as Apple support advised you, contact AT&T and ask them to unlock their iPad so you can make the switch the other way.

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