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    Default Can I Insert Cell Phone Sim to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)?

    For the new Nexus 7 LTE (2013), can I just insert my regular Tmobile Sim card from my cell phone (I have a data plan) into the Nexus 7 and I will have data connection (4G/LTE)?

    Apologies for my ignorance (i'm a newb).
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    Default Re: Can I Insert Cell Phone Sim to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)?

    Yes this will probably work, providing the SIM is the correct size.
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    Default Re: Can I Insert Cell Phone Sim to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)?

    Interesting.... Yeah, I have sim converters which will put my sim card into Nano/Micro/Regular sizes. Anyone else chime in? This seems too good to be true...
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    Default Re: Can I Insert Cell Phone Sim to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)?

    Depends on how old your current SIM card is. If it is a couple of years old, get a new card first.
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    Default Re: Can I Insert Cell Phone Sim to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)?

    If it's T-Mobile, then no. I can't use my T-Mobile phone sim in my 2012 N7. It may work with other carriers though.
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    Default Re: Can I Insert Cell Phone Sim to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)?

    thanks. I have a new sim. Probably won't work with the 2013 Nexus 7 as well, huh. Because they lose money if I can "double dip". I am surprised to see that others think it might work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NexusGirlX View Post
    If it's T-Mobile, then no. I can't use my T-Mobile phone sim in my 2012 N7. It may work with other carriers though.
    How do you know? The LTE is not out yet.....
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    Default Re: Can I Insert Cell Phone Sim to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)?

    Quote Originally Posted by patruns View Post
    How do you know? The LTE is not out yet.....
    I don't know, which is why I mentioned the 2012 N7, I have one of those. People are having trouble on other forums even getting a T-Mobile phone sim to work in an iPad Mini which has LTE. They get the T-Mobile login page. Judging from this, it doubt it will work in the new LTE N7 when it comes out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NexusGirlX View Post
    I don't know, which is why I mentioned the 2012 N7, I have one of those. People are having trouble on other forums even getting a T-Mobile phone sim to work in an iPad Mini which has LTE. They get the T-Mobile login page. Judging from this, it doubt it will work in the new LTE N7 when it comes out.
    I've been reading for hours trying to find out. So far there are NO CONFIRMED posts about it working. There are however A LOT of posts of people saying "it should work". @NexusGirlX, you haven't seen a confirmed post of it working on the 2012 N7, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSephiroth View Post
    I've been reading for hours trying to find out. So far there are NO CONFIRMED posts about it working. There are however A LOT of posts of people saying "it should work". @NexusGirlX, you haven't seen a confirmed post of it working on the 2012 N7, right?
    I haven't seen one person get a T-Mobile phone sim working in a 2012 N7. People on these forums have said the same thing, it doesn't work for T-Mobile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NexusGirlX View Post
    I haven't seen one person get a T-Mobile phone sim working in a 2012 N7. People on these forums have said the same thing, it doesn't work for T-Mobile.
    Thanks. I will bump this thread back up a couple of weeks after the LTE Nexus comes out.
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    Default Re: Can I Insert Cell Phone Sim to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)?

    Well, since I will be adding this to my T-Mobile account when it comes out I will be getting a SIM card for it anyway. I'll post the results here if and when it finally comes out. Better be soon as someone's birthday is fast approaching......
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    Default Re: Can I Insert Cell Phone Sim to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)?

    Well, I can confirm it's not working. It wants me to "register the device" first. I don't understand why, I've been putting my T-Mobile SIM in my HTC One, Sony Xperia ZL and Nexus 4 no problem, but when I put it in my new Nexus 7 LTE the signal indicator is "grey" and won't turn blue. I did log into my existing My T-Mobile account but that didn't fix it. Why would it work with a Nexus phone and not a Nexus tablet, unless of course they've installed some BS device detection garbage. Gonna put my AT&T SIM in next and see what happens ...
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    Default Re: Can I Insert Cell Phone Sim to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)?

    OK inserted my AT&T SIM from my HTC One and the Nexus instantly went to LTE and resume downloading my apps, so this is some sort of T-Mobile nonsense. I guess I'll have to call them and find out what the deal is.
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    Default Re: Can I Insert Cell Phone Sim to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)?

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffreytz View Post
    OK inserted my AT&T SIM from my HTC One and the Nexus instantly went to LTE and resume downloading my apps, so this is some sort of T-Mobile nonsense. I guess I'll have to call them and find out what the deal is.
    Thanks for the data point. My guess is because Tmobile has much more expensive tablet data plans than they do cellular phone data plans, so they have a BS blocking device so it forces people to buy their separate Tablet data plan.
    Please update what they say when you call them if you can. thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffreytz View Post
    OK inserted my AT&T SIM from my HTC One and the Nexus instantly went to LTE and resume downloading my apps, so this is some sort of T-Mobile nonsense. I guess I'll have to call them and find out what the deal is.
    It's not that hard to figure out. They want you to use a T-Mobile data plan with the Nexus 7 and not a cell phone sim. You are wasting your time if you call T-Mobile to ask why? The answer is right there in your face.
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    Default Re: Can I Insert Cell Phone Sim to Nexus 7 LTE (2013)?

    It shouldn't matter; they're actually better off when I use my phone/data plan SIM in my tablet as I'm not using the voice network at all. I'm paying for the data, I could tether my tablet to my t-mobile phone if I wanted, so what's it matter? (other than your point, they want to sell me a separate tablet data plan.) That line of thinking is actually going to cost them because if I can't get my phone sim to work, I'm cancelling my current T-mobile account and then will re-up for just the month-to-month tablet data plan (which is a lot cheaper than what I'm currently paying).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffreytz View Post
    I could tether my tablet to my t-mobile phone if I wanted, so what's it matter?
    The difference is that if you tether, you only get 2.5GB of tethering, and with their tablet data plan you pay per GB/month up to 10GB/month.
    Obviously the tablet data plan is implemented for heavy (streaming daily) data users. Otherwise the phone data plan of 2.5GB tethering is simply enough.
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    T-Mobile filters by IMEI. The Nexus 7 (both the 2012 & the 2013 models) are recognized as mobile broadband devices, so they will only work with an appropriate data plan.

    Adding an MBB line onto a postpaid T-Mobile account is fairly cheap. It's $10 for a basic 500 MB data plan, and you can add more data for $10 / 2 GB all the way up to 12.5 GB total.

    The 12.5 GB plan isn't listed on the website, but it's definitely available. Another off sheet plan is an on-demand data plan. The plan costs $10 / month, but when you already have a voice line you get a $10 discount on it making it free. There is no data included in this plan, but you can buy "data passes" for $10 which gives you 1 GB of data that's good for a week, or until it's used up, whichever comes first. It's a good plan for someone who only very rarely needs the embedded data and doesn't want to pay for an unused plan every month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genoist View Post
    T-Mobile filters by IMEI. The Nexus 7 (both the 2012 & the 2013 models) are recognized as mobile broadband devices, so they will only work with an appropriate data plan.

    Adding an MBB line onto a postpaid T-Mobile account is fairly cheap. It's $10 for a basic 500 MB data plan, and you can add more data for $10 / 2 GB all the way up to 12.5 GB total.

    The 12.5 GB plan isn't listed on the website, but it's definitely available. Another off sheet plan is an on-demand data plan. The plan costs $10 / month, but when you already have a voice line you get a $10 discount on it making it free. There is no data included in this plan, but you can buy "data passes" for $10 which gives you 1 GB of data that's good for a week, or until it's used up, whichever comes first. It's a good plan for someone who only very rarely needs the embedded data and doesn't want to pay for an unused plan every month.

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    Good info, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffreytz View Post
    OK inserted my AT&T SIM from my HTC One and the Nexus instantly went to LTE and resume downloading my apps, so this is some sort of T-Mobile nonsense. I guess I'll have to call them and find out what the deal is.
    does your SIM still work in your Nexus 7? I'm thinking of trying out my nano sim (fitted into micro adapter) from ATT into the unlocked T-Mobile nexus 7 after buying.. and just wanted to verify yours is still working.

    thanks!
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    I tried putting my aT&T sim card into the nexus 7 unlocked t-mobile and it does't work . No data. This is what I bought



    Does this mean the tablet is locked to t-mobile sim card only ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffreytz View Post
    OK inserted my AT&T SIM from my HTC One and the Nexus instantly went to LTE and resume downloading my apps, so this is some sort of T-Mobile nonsense. I guess I'll have to call them and find out what the deal is.
    Hey I sent u a PM but not sure if U got it. I tried inserting my AT&T sim card from my galaxy s4 phone into my nexus 7 tablet and the data is not working. I read that it worked for you so I'm not sure what's going on with mine . This is the version that I bought



    Any idea?
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    Mine started working. It took a while, I just used the T-mobile Sim card that came with it. Infact I don't even know how I am going to be charge for it, but I think it came with a 2 months free data plan which is why it is working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Walter View Post
    Mine started working. It took a while, I just used the T-mobile Sim card that came with it. Infact I don't even know how I am going to be charge for it, but I think it came with a 2 months free data plan which is why it is working.
    Hey Joe, that doesn't count. We were talking about a T-mobile VOICE Sim card for your cell phone. Data sims that come with the Nexus or data sims at Tmobile will always work with the Nexus'.
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