New ‘Apple SIM’ Preinstalled on Cellular iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

New ‘Apple SIM’ Preinstalled on Cellular iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3

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A new 'Apple SIM' will be shipping with the cellular iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, letting customers switch cellular providers with ease.

While the cellular versions of iPads have always been unlocked, customers would have to pick their cellular providers at time of purchase to ensure that SIM card would be pre-installed. With the new Apple SIM, one SIM card will work with multiple US and UK carriers. Customers can now switch back and forth between cellular providers, depending on which provider suites them best at that moment.

The new Apple SIM is preinstalled on iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models. The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad. So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan that works best for you — with no long-term commitments. And when you travel, you may also be able to choose a data plan from a local carrier for the duration of your trip.

US Carriers AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are all supporting the Apple SIM. Verizon is not participating in the Apple SIM Program, so those customers must visit a Verizon store if they wish to use a cellular iPad with Verizon.

New ‘Apple SIM’ Preinstalled on Cellular iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3
Bill - October 18, 2014 at 5:53am
Totally agree with all the comments here Verizon is the new Woolworths, they will never learn. Until they hit bankruptcy.
TechGeek - October 17, 2014 at 6:45am
Decision will be costly in the end. Consumers will hesitate to consider them especially when most use phone a data for tablet. No tablet option, no phone....goodbye verizon.
AlfredEnewman - October 17, 2014 at 5:47am
Verizon is the worst. When will they ever learn
GenesisDH - October 17, 2014 at 12:36am
Do I understand correctly that one can still remove the SIM on the new models? If so, then that's not really as big of a deal if one uses VZW.
mattt - October 17, 2014 at 3:51pm
the point of it is to make it easier for the customer, not impossible.
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