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AT&T Rolling Out LTE Micro-SIM Cards, Sparking Speculation on iPad 3 Link


Phone Arena reports that AT&T has begun supplying its retailers with LTE-compatible micro-SIM cards, requesting that existing micro-SIM stocks be scrapped in favor of the new ones supporting the latest networks offering faster data speeds. The obvious explanation for the shift is the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900 next month, but speculation naturally also turns to Apple's plans for its upcoming devices.


Phone Arena suggests that the LTE-enabled micro-SIM cards could eventually be used in the iPhone 5, but the much nearer term launch for Apple is the iPad 3, which has been rumored to offer support for LTE. So while the new micro-SIM cards may not be appearing solely for the iPad 3, it is interesting to note that they are now available on AT&T should Apple launch an iPad 3 with LTE capabilities.

Update: AT&T spokesman Seth Bloom notes that the Pantech Breeze and Element already utilize the LTE micro-SIM card on the carrier's network.

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96 months ago
It clearly states that these new Micro Sims are to REPLACE the old Micro Sims which did not support LTE. Meaning from here on out, whether you have an LTE device or not, if it uses a Micro SIM, it will be one of these, for simplicity's sake. Makes perfect sense.

The timing also makes perfect sense since the Nokia Lumia launches in a month with Micro SIM & LTE capability.

What doesn't make sense is assuming this has anything to do with iPad 3.
Rating: 10 Votes
96 months ago
Obvious

As said, obvious for the Nokia Lumia 900 for next month. So, let's keep it at that. Not everything needs to be interpreted to be about Apple.
Rating: 9 Votes
96 months ago
I think this has more to do with AT&T having existing and upcoming LTE phones (Pantech Burst and Nokia 900) that use micro-SIM cards than it does the possibility of new iDevices supporting LTE.
Rating: 4 Votes
96 months ago
the new pantech burst is an lte phone which takes a micro sim...most likely what this is for
Rating: 3 Votes
96 months ago
The first iPad had a micro SIM slot..

http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/27/apple-ipads-micro-sim-explained/

Edit: What's the actual technical difference (meaning besides a rebranding with logos) between the old and new micro SIM cards?
Rating: 3 Votes
96 months ago
What about the data limits?

I still can't see why people are getting excited about LTE for the iPad with the draconian data limits and pricing. At current rates LTE just means you get to your 2GB limit faster.

LTE without reasonably priced data (unlimited or whatever) just doesn't make sense on an iPad.

FWIW
DLM
Rating: 3 Votes
96 months ago
Really?
Sorry but I do not see this as proof of LTE on the iPad 3. I see it as AT&T updating there Sims all to the same thing and modern standard they are using.
Sorry boys and girls this is not proof of LTE going into the iPad 3.
Rating: 3 Votes
96 months ago
Does mac rumors get paid every time they mention AT&T or somthing? Lol

Joking aside, I agree with what others have said. I really don't think this can be linked to the next iPad. The next iPad might use these cards but the iPad is probably not the reason for the change. Someth
Rating: 3 Votes
96 months ago

Too bad most people on AT&T won't be able to experience LTE speeds or make calls.


AT&T didn't need to push LTE because 3G speeds were much faster than VZW and Sprint. VZW was stock with a capped data on 3G Rev A. I get 7MB all the time on AT&T, if VZW had this would likely have not moved to LTE so quickly. They did to compete with AT&T on speed.

Also by the end of June a much larger chunk will have LTE.
Rating: 2 Votes
96 months ago

If the iPad 3 can support the Verizon & AT&T networks on the same model, that would be a huge selling point, for me.


Verizon LTE and AT&T LTE run on different bands, even though both are using LTE 700. So there would need to be a Verizon and AT&T iPad. Not to mention it would be dumb of Apple to not include a 3G switch on an LTE iPad, and AT&T and Verizon 3G are very different. AT&T sucks anyway.
Rating: 2 Votes

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