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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other


Not entirely. When you buy a subsidised phone, you also sign a fixed term contract, often 24 months.

Being able to swap out the sim during that time won't remove your obligation to pay a monthly fee to the network. The network won't mind being paid for a service you are not using.

Plus, if you are using another network during that time, you are paying twice.

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