AT&T to lock Apple’s universal SIM card on new iPads to its network
Last week, Apple had revealed - while unveiling its new iPads - that the cellular-capable versions of the latest iPad models will be equipped with a universal SIM card which will facilitate users in switching between competing networks. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile had signed up to support the universal-SIM move by Apple.
However, according to a MacRumors report published on Friday, AT&T has apparently decided to lock the SIM card to its network when the carrier is chosen by customers. AT&T's decision implies that any AT&T subscriber who wishes to switch to some other carrier will have to replace the SIM card, despite the fact that the card is supposedly a 'universal' SIM card.
The move by AT&T - to lock the universal SIM of the new iPAd Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 tablets to its network when customers sign up for a month of service - has also been recently confirmed by Apple in a new support document.
The Apple support document says that when customers select the AT&T network on their new iPads, the carrier "dedicates Apple SIM to their network only."
The support document further reads thus: "If your Apple SIM becomes dedicated to a specific network and you want to choose from other carrier programs, you can purchase a new Apple SIM from an Apple Retail store."
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