This is why we can't have nice things!

When Apple announced its iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 earlier this month, it announced the new Apple SIM for the cellular models of those tablets. The “universal” SIM allows a tablet user — at their convenience — to switch between wireless carriers within iOS 8.
As Apple explains:
The Apple SIM gives you the flexibility to choose from a variety of short-term plans from select carriers in the U.S. and UK right on your iPad. So whenever you need it, you can choose the plan that works best for you — with no long-term commitments. And when you travel, you may also be able to choose a data plan from a local carrier for the duration of your trip.
Carriers currently participating with Apple SIM include AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S. and EE in the United Kingdom.

However, Mac Rumors is reporting that AT&T isn’t playing nice when it comes to the use of the Apple SIM. While Sprint and T-Mobile will allow you to switch between carriers at your leisure, AT&T has seen fit to lock the Apple SIM to its network if you select the “AT&T” option. Apple’s updated support document for the Apple SIM confirm AT&T’s stinginess:
For instance, in the United States, you can choose a domestic plan from either Sprint or T-Mobile and also pick an alternate plan from the other carrier as needed. When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only.
To make matter worse, customers will be forced to obtain another Apple SIM — since activating on AT&T would make it useless on other carriers — if they want to continue on with the benefit of easily switching between carriers.
Always one to kick dirt in the competition’s eyes, T-Mobile CEO John Legere posted the following image to Twitter showing what happens when you attempt to activate an Apple SIM on AT&T’s network (top right image in the tweet below):

Sources: Mac Rumors, John Legere [via Twitter]

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