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

Shawn Knight

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

hahahanoobs

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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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m4a4

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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.
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...
 

cliffordcooley

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SIM cards are $5 here in Canada, so this is no big deal imo... at all.
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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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. :)
 

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Marty LK

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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.
 

umbala

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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.
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.
 

hahahanoobs

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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.
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.
 
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hahahanoobs

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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?
No, but the "hassle" of buying a SIM and getting a carrier rep to transfer your account to it, might. People are incredibly odd.
 
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