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Choose your carrier advisedly for the 3G Apple iPad 2

Consumer Reports News: March 07, 2011 12:18 PM

Apple iPad 2
Photo: courtesy of Apple

When Apple's Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad 2 tablet last week, he mentioned that—unlike the first AT&T-only iPad—the 3G version would be available with a choice of networks: AT&T or Verizon. The statement was a little vague and open to interpretation, though: Some observers thought that the device might be carrier-agnostic, at least between those two. Unhappy with AT&T? Switch to Verizon, or vice versa.

Just to clarify, that's not the case. When you purchase an iPad 2, you choose a carrier, and you'll not be able to switch later on. From the Apple Store website: "Select the model that corresponds with the carrier you'd like to use for 3G service. The iPad you choose is configured to work only with one carrier."

Any other questions about the new iPad, other tablets, or electronics in general? Let us know in comments!

—Carol Mangis

Carol Mangis

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