1. takuma089's Avatar
    Just wanted to ask if my sister buys me an iPad Air 2 from Japan particularly from Au, is it tied to the carrier? or is it unlocked?
    10-26-2014 08:32 AM
  2. Flow39's Avatar
    Just wanted to ask if my sister buys me an iPad Air 2 from Japan particularly from Au, is it tied to the carrier? or is it unlocked?
    If it is bought on a carrier, I would consider it locked, seeing as how AT&T and Verizon here in the US have it locked to them if you buy it directly from them. I would check on that carrier's policies, maybe they are different.
    10-26-2014 04:10 PM
  3. gvndeb60's Avatar
    Just wanted to ask if my sister buys me an iPad Air 2 from Japan particularly from Au, is it tied to the carrier? or is it unlocked?

    Can't help here, I am not familiar with Japanese cell carrier policies.

    If it is bought on a carrier, I would consider it locked, seeing as how AT&T and Verizon here in the US have it locked to them if you buy it directly from them. I would check on that carrier's policies, maybe they are different.
    Not true. iPads haven't been carrier locked for awhile. I have a Verizon iPad mini retina on tmobile with no issues as well as my wife's which came from ATT. Both were purchased directly from the carriers.


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    10-26-2014 11:44 PM
  4. Flow39's Avatar
    Can't help here, I am not familiar with Japanese cell carrier policies.



    Not true. iPads haven't been carrier locked for awhile. I have a Verizon iPad mini retina on tmobile with no issues as well as my wife's which came from ATT. Both were purchased directly from the carriers.


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    With the Apple SIM though (included in the Air 2 and Mini 3), AT&T has locked it to their network when activated.

    http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/24/att-apple-sim/
    10-27-2014 12:13 AM
  5. takuma089's Avatar
    Thanks for the replies, I would ask my sister to ask Au for information whether its locked to their network or if they sell if unlocked. I got a little confused because of the "Apple Sim" in the Wifi+Cellular models of the Air 2
    10-27-2014 12:29 AM
  6. j_squared's Avatar
    My understanding is that all recent iPads are unlocked. The sim can be locked, so you would just need to remove it, and replace it with a SIM card from the carrier of your choice.
    10-27-2014 02:34 AM
  7. Peligro911's Avatar
    Unlocked .. Just use whatever sim you want once u have it


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    10-27-2014 03:06 AM
  8. gvndeb60's Avatar
    With the Apple SIM though (included in the Air 2 and Mini 3), AT&T has locked it to their network when activated.

    http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/24/att-apple-sim/
    SIMs are free from most carriers and are easily changed.


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    10-27-2014 07:53 AM
  9. takuma089's Avatar
    now getting confused, my sister just sent me an email saying that the ipad is locked just like iphones bought from au, softbank. she would head to the store where she ordered the ipad and further confirm it.
    10-27-2014 10:24 AM
  10. gvndeb60's Avatar
    now getting confused, my sister just sent me an email saying that the ipad is locked just like iphones bought from au, softbank. she would head to the store where she ordered the ipad and further confirm it.
    It's another country so who knows if they lock or not. In the US they do not.


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    10-27-2014 09:24 PM

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