Beginning with the iPad Air in November of 2013, T-Mobile began offering a free 200MB/mo data plan for iPad owners.

While great for iPad Air owners, this is also exciting news because the same plan works on any LTE enabled iPad. The Verizon and AT&T iPads both come unlocked, so all you have to do is get a T-Mobile SIM card to take advantage.

T-Mobile’s data is great in some areas, and not-so-great in most. But if you live in an area where T-Mobile has LTE or HSPA+, this is worth checking out.

T-Mobile data plan details for iPad Air


Step 1: Order a T-Mobile SIM Card

First step is to pick up a T-Mobile SIM card. You can do so online at

Check below to see which SIM card you need for your device, or view the source Apple documentation.

SIM Card diagram for iPad models


Step 2: Replace Your Old AT&T or Verizon SIM Card

Our next step is to replace the AT&T or Verizon SIM card with the new one from T-Mobile. Find a paperclip to eject the SIM card on your iPad casing.

Your iPad will notify you that there is No SIM Card Installed, as pictured:

No SIM Card Installed

Step 3: Insert Your New T-Mobile SIM Card

Place the new T-Mobile SIM card into the tray and insert it into your iPad. Wait a few moments while the iPad activates the SIM card, and you’ll get a T-Mobile signal as pictured below.

T-Mobile SIM Card activated

Step 4: Set Up Your T-Mobile SIM Card Account

Open up Safari and navigate to any page. You will be redirected to the T-Mobile Mobile Internet Management account system. Set up a new account (FREE!), and you’ll be all set.

Set Up Your T-Mobile Account

Step 5: Enjoy Your Free 200MB/mo

200MB/mo isn’t going to let you stream Netflix or Spotify, but it is plenty to check e-mail, Twitter, and surf the web when you don’t have Wi-Fi.

If you need more data, you can buy more from T-Mobile, or quickly swap your AT&T or Verizon card back into the iPad and use either of those.

Have fun!