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    Charging for SIM cards? Online vs in store. iPad

    I was looking to get my iPad mini on T-Mobile and went to sign up on line but they wanted to charge $10 for the SIM kit. If I sign up in store do they charge for the SIM kit?

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    Have you tried going to an Apple Store? I've read that they will often give you a sim free.
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    So T-Mobile does charge in store? That's a good idea, wish I had an apple store near me.

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    Yes, $10 in store also.

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    T-mobile charged me $25 for a SIM card. AT&T prepaid gave me one free.

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    Wait till you go to activate. I wanted to try the 2GB tablet plan, I bought a $10 starter pack, go to activate and they wanted a $10 activation fee too.

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    My local T-Mobile store has given me free SIM cards even though I was not buying anything from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosaic55 View Post
    Yes, $10 in store also.
    A clown in my local store tried to charge me $25 (the current postpaid SIM price.)

    When I pointed out this was for prepaid, he said "we charge $25 for all SIMs, it's how we keep the lights on..." so I left and purchased online (for $10!)

    A week before, I visited there to add a postpaid line and just flat out refused to pay for a SIM. The rep at the store said they couldn't reduce the SIM price in their system, but she could add an instant matching $25 "courtesy credit" to my T-Mobile account to make it a net zero (and she did.)




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    Quote Originally Posted by elecconnec View Post
    A clown in my local store tried to charge me $25 (the current postpaid SIM price.)

    When I pointed out this was for prepaid, he said "we charge $25 for all SIMs, it's how we keep the lights on..." so I left and purchased online (for $10!)

    A week before, I visited there to add a postpaid line and just flat out refused to pay for a SIM. The rep at the store said they couldn't reduce the SIM price in their system, but she could add an instant matching $25 "courtesy credit" to my T-Mobile account to make it a net zero (and she did.)




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    Actually those SIM card fees do help with store cost. Calling someone a clown just because it's corporate policy to charge for SIM cards is childish but this policy is nothing new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sthompson0188 View Post
    Actually those SIM card fees do help with store cost. Calling someone a clown just because it's corporate policy to charge for SIM cards is childish but this policy is nothing new.

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    You're assuming I was calling him a clown because of the policy...

    Having said that, anytime the price in the store doesn't match the online price is a stupid policy, because it disincentivizes consumers from using the store. A live body in a store can try to upsell me, add on additional items, etc, which the website can't (easily) do. Charging more in the store insures I stop using the store. (Which I now have.)



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    I can't comment on TMO stores, never went into one for purchase or service. I stopped going to At&t stores because they consistently screwed up my account every time they tried to do anything. Had similar experiences with Sprint too.

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    I think any inactive T-Mobile SIM will work on iPads without needing an activation code like prepaid phone plans (so you should be able to snag one online from Amazon). I'm a bit advocate for getting the free ones at the Apple Store. If you have an iPad mini 4, you should also be able to get an Apple SIM for $5, which will work on Sprint, T-Mobile, and overseas carriers. It will technically work with AT&T, but then that SIM becomes an AT&T SIM after use, so I'd suggest avoiding that.

    A lot of stores don't seem to know anything about the standalone iPad/tablet mobile internet plans, even though they've been around for quite awhile.

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