Apple’s carrier agnostic SIM in the new iPad Air 2 gets locked if you choose AT&T

Apple’s carrier agnostic SIM in the new iPad Air 2 gets locked if you choose AT&T
The special SIM card that comes with the cellular data enabled Apple iPad Air 2 is a big deal as far as SIM cards go. People that pick up the new tablet have a choice to activate service with either AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile.

If you pick Sprint or T-Mobile, you are can switch service providers with no concern about changing the SIM card like you would have to do with traditional modules.

If you pick AT&T however, once that activation is complete, the SIM card will be permanently locked to AT&T service. Should you decide to switch providers, you will need to get a new SIM card from Apple. Why is this the case? According to AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel, “it’s just the way we’ve chosen to do it.”  We're scratching our heads too.

Despite the SIM card inconvenience, the iPad Air 2 itself remains an unlocked tablet. This circumstance basically side-steps the idea behind the Apple SIM card, but at least the AT&T SIM card lock does not limit a user’s choice. Of course, Verizon customers have to use a Verizon-issued SIM card anyway, so as nifty as Apple’s SIM card is, the AT&T service issue is arguably not unique.

sources: TechCrunch and re/code


Latest News

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless