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Apple SIM For iPad Air 2 Lets You Choose Your Data Network

by Todd Haselton | October 16, 2014October 16, 2014 2:00 pm PDT

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This is really interesting – Apple just introduced its iPad Air 2 on Thursday, which will be available from carriers around the globe, but there’s a compelling new feature in it that we hadn’t noticed before. It’s called Apple SIM and apparently allows you to activate the iPad Air 2 on your network of choice in the U.S., either AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint, or outside of the U.S. on EE, to use it when needed. Obviously you’ll still be able to buy an iPad Air 2 from Verizon, but these are the carriers that are participating in the new Apple SIM program.

“The new Apple SIM is preinstalled on iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models,” Apple explains on its site. “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.”

That sounds pretty awesome to us, though you’ll need to make sure you pick up an iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular model for this to work. And, since it’s pay-as-you-go, you can sign up for something like T-Mobile’s $10 per month plan, which provides 1GB of data per month.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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