Tell me if this sounds familiar. You're having problems with your cell provider and want to switch to a new company but decide to stick it out because switching feels like such a hassle. It's a common problem. Sadly, up to now there's no easy way out of this problem with your smartphones. Now, Apple has made it really easy to switch between T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T right from the settings menu on its new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. But, unfortunately for users, AT&T is striking back and locking down customers' new iPads.
All iPad Air 2s bought at the Apple Store include a new SIM card that makes it easy to use them on those three major networks. All you have to do is select your data provider and choose the plan you want.
But, what if you don't like your provider? Thanks to the SIM card, you can just select a new provider from the menu when your contract is up. Unless you choose AT&T, that is.
When you choose AT&T from the menu, a pop-up warning will show up letting you know that you will need a new Apple SIM card if you decide to switch carriers in the future. iPads purchased from Verizon will already be locked to that service.