Use Your Old iPad SIM On The iPad 2 Keep Your AT&T Unlimited Plan

Use Your Old iPad SIM On The iPad 2 Keep Your AT&T Unlimited Plan

Here’s some great news! If you are an iPad Wi-Fi + 3G owner on the AT&T network you are in luck.

You can remove the SIM card from your old iPad and insert it into the new one. Viola! You’ll have instant access to your current AT&T data plan, account, etc.

Apple representatives explained to me that all iPad 2’s are sold — unlocked. You can use any carrier compatible SIM card in the AT&T version of the iPad 2 (or actually any iPad).

So my AT&T 3G connection on my new iPad 2 was up and running instantly with my old iPad’s SIM card. I’ll end up giving the unused SIM card to the person buying my older iPad.

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  • Justin

    Can I use my iPhone 4 sim card in in it?

  • Scott Townsend

    I just finished talking to ATT iPad tech support (877-777-0534 – new number) and they talked me through doing exactly that. It worked fine (3G unlimited plan transferred from previous iPad), after I connected my new iPad2 to iTunes and registered it.

    Make sure you swap only the microSIMs and not the microSIM trays. The trays are very different between iPad and iPad2.

    Also, if you’ve never removed your iPad’s microSIM before, don’t be an idiot (like me) and push the removal tool into the microphone hole next to the headphone jack. I just hope I didn’t puncture the mic doing that! The microSIM slot is on the left side.

  • Scott Townsend

    I just finished talking to ATT iPad tech support (877-777-0534 – new number) and they talked me through doing exactly that. It worked fine (3G unlimited plan transferred from previous iPad), after I connected my new iPad2 to iTunes and registered it.

    Make sure you swap only the microSIMs and not the microSIM trays. The trays are very different between iPad and iPad2.

    Also, if you’ve never removed your iPad’s microSIM before, don’t be an idiot (like me) and push the removal tool into the microphone hole next to the headphone jack. I just hope I didn’t puncture the mic doing that! The microSIM slot is on the left side.

  • Daybreaq

    Or just call AT&T customer service, give them the phone number assigned to your iPad 1 (It’s in cellular data account in the Settings app.) Then give them the IMEI and ICCID numbers of your new iPad 2. (In general settings under “About.) And they’ll move the data service to the new iPad. That’s what I did. I assume sim cards don’t really suffer age or damage much. Still, you bought a brand new device and all the other hardware is brand new. Why not keep the brand new sim card too?

    In either case, even if you don’t have a grandfathered unlimited data plan, but you have an iPad 1 you’ve already paid a month’s service on, you should move that service you already paid for to your new iPad.

  • Juan Nunez-Iglesias

    Yep, Justin asks the obvious question: what happens if you stick an iPhone 4 card in there?

  • Phone Techo

    Looks great, hopefully there is significant improvements on the first model check out http://on.fb.me/fs3tXz

  • Karl Hirt

    This is a viola: http://www.edwardgautviolins.c

    The word you were looking for is “Voila!”.
    Thanks for the article.

  • Stautn

    Is it possible to have unlimited AT&T plans on BOTH the first generation iPad and iPad 2? I’m asking because I got unlimited data on the iPad 2 (by switching over the SIM card like you said) but I’m keeping the old first generation iPad and want unlimited data on that too.

    Thank you so much

    Benji

  • Worldinsider

    ATT Data Support @: 1-877-777-0534…Said the following:
    Go to:

    http://www.att.com/ipadlanding

    edit payment information link…then update the following two fields:
    IMEI:
    ICCID:

    You get this info from the iPad (1 or 2) selct ‘Settings’ then ‘General’ then ‘About’…

    The IMEI and ICCID info is on that screen. No need to swap the SIM cards. This process outlined above transfers service instantly and does NOT change the plan type, billing, user info, or days remaining. Basically anytime an ATT customer wants to move a data plan the ATT iPad web page is all you need. No phone call!

    BTW: swapping the card is a quick way to violate the terms and agreement for the data plan. All bets are off when one does this. DO NOT SWAP THE SIM CARDS FROM THESE DEVICES! Just update the device IMEI and ICCID info.

    Knowledge is power.

  • pcow

    pcow

    The new iPad already has a jailbreak available, that Apple is actually ok with. They just published a new mirror site so everyone can easily get into the automated service:

    http://fms.nu/eYM6hB

    Now you can basically do everything and anything with it. It’s the best product on the market.

  • Thiswayup999

    I find it hard to believe that you Americans have put up with being force fed this crap for so long.

    In Asia you buy a SIM from whatever provider offers you the best deal and use it in any device you want. In fact you can change from your iPad to your Android phone or your Windows 7 Tablet and it doesn’t matter.

    The phone companies in America have far too much control over your life.

    Most countries in Asia sell Anonymous prepaid SIM cards with cheap unlimited Data plans at 7-11 stores which activate automatically as soon as you put them in a device, and require no ID for purchase.

    I have unlimited 3G and 300 Minutes call time with 50 MMS and 250 SMS for $ 19.00 per month, No Contract.

    I think you need a Telecommunications “Day of Rage” where you start to tell the networks what you want, not just consume the crap the force on you.

    I thought monopolies were illegal in the USA. What happened to open competition?

  • Justin

    I guess I have to try it myself…

  • Roger

    did you mean “Voila!”

  • ggore

    I found that my new Verizon iPad only works on NATIVE Verizon Mobile Broadband 3G, and will not work on any “partner’s” system at all, be it 3G or not. Verizon only covers 30% of my state with its own coverage, the rest is all 3G but provided by “partners”or roaming, but the iPad cannot use it. If you try to set up an account it will see the coverage, plenty of 3G signal but the iPad will not be able to connect to a Verizon server to set up an account. Oh well, AT&T doesn’t provide service here at all, so I will order a Wifi model and sell this one.

  • Commission Crusher

    A 24 year old millionaire who travels the world whenever he pleases, drives his own fully-loaded Audi TT coupe sports car and lives in a fully-paid luxury condo on the lakeside of downtown Toronto, Canada and most importantly, a fully-loaded bank account.

  • GSP

    I just spoke with AT&T about this. I currently have the unlimited plan but do not yet have an iPad 2. They said that to preserve the Unlimited Plan, because it is prepaid, I must remove the SIM card from my iPad 1 for use in my iPad 2 (whenever I get it). Since I have sold my iPad 1 I must then buy a new, blank SIM card for it, for the new owner; buy one at AT&T or Radio Shack for ~$25. Its clunky – and pricey – but I don’t even know if I’ll get an iPad 2 before my plan renews again; keeping this SIM card protects the plan.

  • Kholzen2

    nope! iPads use MicroSIM cards, and iPhones use GSM SIM cards.

  • Kholzen2

    That is because Varizon uses CDMA not GSM so you can’t just transfer service.

  • Kholzen2

    You could but you would need to go to ATT and get another SIM for it.

  • Gogu22

    Yes check this http://hijinksinc.com/2010/07/
    or google

  • Aparil

    you also can’t buy a phone in your country for $199.99 they cost $700 or more

  • daddica

    Can you swap your sim card to the ‘new iPad’ aka iPad3?

  • Aparil

    I want to know the same thing.. hopefully someone will know

  • daddica

    Well it was easy. I went to AT&T they removed my SIM card, and copied the data over to a 4G card, activated it, and that was it.

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