SIM Cards for iPads: What You Should Know
Why Do You Need a SIM Card for iPads?
Most people who use an iPad typically connect to it via a Wi-Fi network and access the internet. This makes sense since the device is not typically used like a smartphone and isn’t required to be as portable. And even in places with weak or no Wi-Fi coverage, you can use your smartphone as a hotspot to connect your iPad to the internet.
So, why would you ever need an iPad with cellular capabilities?
It turns out there are plenty of good reasons that make the upgrade worthwhile.
For one, it's much more convenient. SIM card for iPads means users don't need to search for a Wi-Fi hotspot, as cellular coverage is readily available anywhere you go and, in most places, relatively stable.
Using your iPhone as a mobile hotspot also drains its batteries. When your phone dies, you instantly lose your only source of connection and communication. But with a cellular-enabled iPad, you no longer rely on your iPhone, and instead can use it as a backup device if your phone dies.
Finally, getting a SIM card for your iPad that's from a different carrier than your iPhone is advantageous. It allows your iPad to connect to the internet if your iPhone's network signal is weak in an area and vice versa. It's insurance that you'll always stay connected.
eSIM: The Updated iPad SIM Card Technology
Embedded SIM, or eSIM, is the latest SIM card for iPad Mini, iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models released after October 2018. It's a significant upgrade to the physical Apple SIM and micro SIM card for iPad 2 and other older models.
As the name suggests, an eSIM is embedded digitally into the device without the need for a physical card. It's also separate from the standard SIM tray, meaning you can have two SIM cards for iPad Mini, iPad Pro, and other newer models.
eSIM allows iPad owners to switch between mobile carriers without getting a physical SIM card for each. In the past, if you wanted to switch from an old carrier, you'd need to buy the SIM card and unit directly from the new carrier.
With eSIM, it's as simple as selecting the new carrier from the iPad settings.
Having this type of SIM card for iPads is a game-changer for owners. It means they can always get the best signal coverage in an area. The multiple SIM configuration can also be helpful to designate a cellular plan for personal and one for business use.
Apple SIM vs. eSIM
Apple SIM is the previous SIM technology that still uses a physical card in the SIM tray. Like eSIM, Apple SIM also provides the option to switch between mobile carriers, but only for a select group of mobile providers that opted to do so. That means if your desired network didn't opt-in, you're out of luck.
Of course, the one caveat with eSIM is that it's a relatively new technology. If you own an older iPad model that uses a physical SIM card, you don't have as much freedom to switch carriers on the fly. And since it doesn't use a physical card, you can't transfer it from one iPad to another.
Luckily, GigSky offers service for all data cards for iPads - Apple SIM and Apple eSIM. In addition, GigSky’s service is a more flexible solution, since you only need to use one GigSky account for any device on any type of SIM. Whether you have a newer device that supports eSIM, an older Apple SIM, or have any of the devices that include SIM cards for iPad Air, the GigSky service will be compatible.
Does eSIM Work Abroad?
An eSIM is undoubtedly helpful for switching carriers at will.
But where it shines is having the ability to connect to international network providers via a service like GigSky. It eliminates the need to get foreign prepaid SIM cards for iPad users who want to use their device in another country.
Setting your iPad to connect to GigSky is easy as well—you don't even need to do anything before leaving for your destination. Once you arrive, log in to the GigSky service and then purchase a plan applicable in that area. For example, suppose you're traveling to France. In that case, you can buy the France data plan or the regional plan if you're hopping between countries.
If your device doesn't support eSIM or embedded Apple SIM, you can opt to get the physical GigSky Apple SIM card and use your iPad's SIM tray. instead. If you're unsure which size to get, know that most newer iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Pro, and iPad Air SIM card sizes are in nano.
Whether your iPad uses eSIM, Apple SIM, or embedded Apple SIM, GigSky is the most convenient alternative to a prepaid SIM card for iPad owners who want to stay connected wherever they are in the world. For more information, check out our GigSky iPad data plans.