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AT&T will lock universal Apple SIM if you activate on their network

By Shawn Knight
Oct 24, 2014
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  1. During Apple's recent iPad media event, the company was quick to glance over a feature that could have massive implications on the wireless industry. Those who purchase a cellular version of the iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 will...

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  2. Well, at least they're not pulling a Comcast and trying to hide their dishonest business practices.
     
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432

    It's a feature offered at the hardware level from Apple. That does NOT mean carriers have to embrace it. SIM cards are $5 here in Canada, so this is no big deal imo... at all.
     
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  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 752   +273

    And Apple won't oppose it if it means you have to purchase apple sim's from them....

    Whoever is in charge of standardization should push for a universal sim and have it against regulations to pull an AT&T. Heck, it should've been done years ago...
     
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Completely kills the point of the universal SIM...
     
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  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,558   +2,900

    Which makes the concept of locking the SIMs card to begin with even that much more ridiculous. What do they hope to gain out of it? Do they honestly think locking a $2/$5 SIMs will stop people from switching carriers?
     
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  7. Before we get ahead of ourselves.... Do we actually know what an "Apple-SIM card" will cost? Maybe a non-Apple SIM is 5 dollars, but an Apple-SIM costs? IT is certainly within the realm of possibility these will cost upwards of 100.00 dollars. :)
     
  8. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 345   +43

    Since when is it OK for a provider to brick a piece of hardware, especially if it was not provided by them? It doesn't matter that the hardware is/may be cheep; it does not belong to them and they are permanently and intentionally breaking it. FTDI is potentially in hot water for this; they released a driver that broke counterfeit chips. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/2...ices-that-might-possibly-be-used-piracy.shtml
     
  9. Marty LK

    Marty LK TS Rookie

    A simple resolution to this is to simply acquire an AT&T sim card to use on their service. Then, if needed, switch in the Apple sim to use on other carriers.
     
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,558   +2,900

  11. umbala

    umbala TS Addict Posts: 169   +145

    Wait, what? $5 for an Apple SIM card?? Yeah, right. That'll be the day! Apple doesn't sell anything that's $5. Even a lousy power supply or a simple USB cable will set you back $30-40 if it's made by Apple. I can't imagine they would sell a SIM card for $5.
     
  12. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432

    Regular carrier locked SIMs are $5 dollars. Apple's universal SIMs shouldn't be much more than $10.
    Universal SIMs will be widely used one day, just not today.
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014
  13. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +432

    No, but the "hassle" of buying a SIM and getting a carrier rep to transfer your account to it, might. People are incredibly odd.
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2014

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