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9.7-inch iPad Pro with cellular: You need to know this before you buy

by Todd Haselton | March 23, 2016March 23, 2016 9:00 am PST

We’re starting to learn more about the 9.7-inch iPad Pro now that it’s nearing its final release to consumers. The latest information provides additional detail on the cellular model, which will ship with an embedded Apple SIM, according to Re/code.

An embedded Apple SIM is a great choice if you want to use one network at home and then, while abroad, switch to a different cellular network. You’ll avoid expensive roaming fees – but only if you buy the cellular iPad from the right carrier. Re/code said T-Mobile and Sprint models ship with the Apple SIM, but that AT&T will require you stick with its network even when roaming abroad. Verizon, likewise, will “disable the built-in embedded Apple SIM.”

That’s lame, especially considering that Verizon and AT&T have the most expensive roaming fees of U.S. carriers – clearly they want you to cough up the dough when you take your iPad abroad.

Keep this in mind if you’re shopping for a 9.7-inch iPad Pro in the coming days.


Todd Haselton

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