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if the ipad with cellular is unlocked, why is it important to choose a carrier upon purchase?

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garybc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 18, 2012 1:13 PM

i'm in the market for an ipad and i want to have cellular service with it. the thing is, i'm quite confused with the idea of choosing a network upon purchasing. if the ipad is trully unlocked, shouldn't the choice of provider make any difference?


if so, then, if i will be travelling, should i factor in the type of signal there is at the place i am gonna go to when i purchase the ipad?



  • bhazel Level 4 Level 4 (3,495 points)

    if you get a unlocked ipad it wont ask you to pick a network

  • imobl Level 4 Level 4 (3,290 points)

    AT&T uses GSM protocol and Verizon uses CDMA. The hardware

    inside a n AT&T iPad will work on any GSM network; it is not tied

    to AT&T and therefore is considered unlocked. You could purchase

    a GSM iPad in the US and use it on most GSM networks in the world.

    Similarly for the Verizon model being useable on any other CDMA

    network (there are few other CDMA networks outside the US). I do

    not remember which protocol Sprint uses.


    You should consider where you will go abroad and what the network uses

    there before buying a US iPad. In the US, you cannot use an AT&T iPad

    on the Verizon network and vice versa.


    Does this help? If not, add some more detail to your question so someone

    can answer.

  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (20,285 points)

    It's important for YOU to choose the device that'll be compatible with the carrier you plan to's only important to the salesperson for you to commit to that contract when you buy the iPad. (just like you have 30 days to choose to get Apple Care Plus, but they will llikely make every effort for you to decide when you purchase it.....boils down to 'get the money now rather than risk not getting it later)


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