In article <email@example.com>, Gabrielle Lejeune
> I have an old at&t ipad with cellular.
> I think it's called first generation ipad.
> It doesn't even have a camera.
> I have never activated the sim card on at&t.
that's definitely a 1st gen ipad.
> Today I went to a t-mobile store and asked for the "free" 200MB/month.
> They first said the iPad was locked but I insisted it was unlocked
all ipads are unlocked.
> and they finally (after much argument) gave me the data-only sim card.
there isn't actually a difference with the sims. the only thing that
matters is that it's a micro-sim, so that it fits into the sim slot.
> However it was not free, and they said it "shuts down" after 200MB.
it does, unless you sign up for a higher tier plan.
> It cost $10 for the sim card.
most stores like to charge for a sim card, but sometimes they'll give
you one for free, especially if you're already a customer. otherwise,
they want the money.
t-mobile's web site often discounts them to a buck or two or even free
every so often, but that won't help you now.
or, you can get them off ebay for a couple of bucks.
> And, they said it would never get 4g even if 4g is available.
it won't get lte because the 1st gen ipad does not have lte.
however, it will get 3g if the area in which you're using it has
refarmed the network, which is pretty much everywhere. however, there
are still some spots that have not and are using the old frequencies.
if their network hasn't been refarmed, then the speed will be 2g/edge.
that's fine for casual use like email or checking weather, but it won't
be particularly enjoyable for web surfing and certainly not video
(although you'd burn right through 200m with video).
> And they said it shuts down after 200MB.
> It was "my" understanding that none of that was true.
some of it was.
> That's why I ask you.
> Can you clarify me the right answer?
the right answer is that t-mobile offers 200 meg for free for tablets
(not phones). no special sim is needed. just go to settings on the ipad
and activate it. obtaining the sim can be free but that won't stop
someone from trying to sell one.
it's possible that activating it in settings won't work, in which case
you may need to call or go to the store so they can enter the iccid
into their system. if that happens, be sure you get someone who knows
about the proper plan. a lot of t-mobile representatives do not and
make up stuff to not look stupid.