The refurbished area of the Apple Store is full of iPads (+Cellular) for all the major carriers...except T-Mobile. It seems they've been out of stock for a long time. Are T-Mobile users just extra careful? Is there some kind of different restocking policy in place at TMO?
So I'm trying to find a refurbed iPad for my mother-in-law, who travels to Germany for months at a time. I always buy refurbed from Apple and have never had a problem. I love it. I don't really need the latest generation either. I thought a 4th Gen iPad/Retina would be best for her.
Because she's going to Germany I thought going w/TMO would be the best bet for the cellular side. At least I could get a data SIM card over there for her that TMO would support somehow. But I've been checking the entire Apple Store for a few weeks, and I even check the RSS feed and history at refurb-tracker.com
(great site BTW), and it looks there have been zero iPads w/TMO for sale for a long, long time.
Does anyone know why this is? Does T-Mobile sell them through a different channel? I'd like to only go through Apple because of the warranty but if there's something else that Apple supports, I'm all ears.
I've also read in a few spots, like here at Apple's discussion forum
that you can unlock an AT&T iPad and use it with a TMO SIM. Has anyone ever done this and can explain how to get AT&T to unlock the device? Does it come unlocked by default because you're not paying the subsidized price? I'll jailbreak if I have to but I'd rather make this simple for my MIL who's not technical at all.