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Verizon new iPad can run AT&T 3G

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Verizon new iPad can run AT&T 3G
Good news for any new iPad owners who may be looking to switch carriers anytime soon. It looks like the new Verizon iPad isn't necessarily locked just to Big Red's carrier network, and can make something of a switch if need be. The switch is something that we've kind of hoped for, given the radio found in the new iPad, but it hadn't been confirmed until now. 

It seems that if you've bought a new iPad from Verizon, you can also run that device on AT&T's 3G network, and this was confirmed by a MacRumors member named jsnuff1. Of course, you'll need a micro-SIM for AT&T, but it looks like the new iPad can run on either Verizon's CDMA or on AT&T's HSPA+. You won't be able to get LTE speeds though, this is only for 3G. Apparently, the switch is pretty easy as well, just requiring you put in an AT&T micro-SIM and apply the AT&T APN carrier settings. 

We were hoping this would happen, since the new iPad on both Verizon and AT&T has a world-compatible GSM radio, but it was expected that the Verizon branded iPad would be locked onto the carrier's network. Luckily, that isn't the case, so users are no longer quite as locked onto Verizon (except if you happen to be on contract of course).


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posted on 16 Mar 2012, 17:23 4

1. sum182 (Posts: 217; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Regardless if i like apple products or not, i think thats pretty cool

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 17:24 1

2. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


However when you buy an ipad your not locked in at a two year contract because you have to buy the device outright which makes it month to month and you can take it on and off service whenever there is a 15 dollar charge but granted it would be nice to buy the device and if you switch carriers you can move it over but what is the point of having a 4G device that cannot run to its full capacity.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 17:31 1

3. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


What's the point of having a device regarless of manufacturer that you can't use to it's potential?

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 18:27 1

5. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


That is what I am saying... If you cannot run the device at the full 4G capacity just by switching the carrier I view it as a waste of money because you buy The New iPad because it has better features and it is now 4G, but if you switch you lose that 4G just to go to a different carrier. In my mind switching is pointless because where I am located AT&T is worthless.

posted on 16 Mar 2012, 17:57 1

4. jvtran19 (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I glad i stick it out with AT&T and i still got my unlimited data plan. f**k Yeah!!!

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 07:19

6. pbui.818 (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


I hope Sprint gets the new iPad so we can see whether this works jumping between the CDMA carriers as well

posted on 17 Mar 2012, 14:07

7. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


no the 3g will not switch between cdma carriers… the only reason it does for att is because lte forces the device to have a sim card.. and therefor att sim card works in the verizon model.. i assume the att sim card would work in a sprint model as well

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