Internal document highlights Apple SIM’s utility for international travellers

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Cellular variants of Apple’s new iPads — the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 — come preinstalled with Apple SIM, a new type of SIM card from Apple that gives you the flexibility to choose from various supported carriers.

At launch Apple supports three carriers in the US, T-Mobile, Sprint and EE in the UK. On receiving their cellular iPads, customers can select a carrier, and a data plan, and start using their iPad. As long as customers don’t choose AT&T, they can freely switch between carriers by going to Settings > Cellular. AT&T is locking Apple SIMs, and once a customer chooses AT&T as their network, they won’t be able to switch to a different network unless they buy a new Apple SIM.

An internal Apple document leaked to 9to5Mac further describes the utility of the Apple SIM for international travellers, travelling between the US and UK. For instance a T-Mobile customer in the US can easily switch to EE in the UK, and vice versa.

The document further says that Verizon isn’t participating in the program, and customers interested in buying a Verizon iPad have to go to the Apple Store or the Verizon Store.

EE is called Apple’s ‘initial participating’ network in the UK, suggesting that more UK carriers will start supporting the Apple SIM soon.

Did you buy the iPad Air or iPad mini with an Apple SIM? Let us know how your experience has been in the comments below.

[via 9to5Mac]

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  • Yiannis Papoutsis

    This is a great idea and has a lot of potentials for the future. If the carriers support the idea, competition between them will increase and customers will have a plethora of options at ther fingers. Today, if you want to change carrier, you need to go to the store and buy a new sim. With apple sim, you may be able to change carrier every month according to your needs through the device menu.

    Having said that, why would a carrier want to support this feature? Because with Apple SIM, they put themselves a few clicks away from a potential customer.

    Its a touch decision, for the carriers.

  • Munchie-san

    Some people look at me as if I’m crazy when I tell them I like having multiple sim cards, each one being individually purposed. I don’t think this is crazy though. I’m not very big on the centralization of data. I don’t like having a unified digital identity, and I don’t think it should be welcomed with such open arms. This is all one step towards WebID, and I really hope that’s not a path our species walks down.

    I stand at the ready with my live disk of TailsOS, my flash drive with TOR, and my hard on for privacy. In the future, this may mark me as a criminal or delinquent, but I believe in the right to be unobserved. I will not be adopting this universal sim, or any other technologies meant at integrating all of our information across platforms and the cloud.