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I have a 2nd generation iPad which has both WiFi and Cellular connection. It is an iPad that I was using during a few years that I was living in Japan and has a Japanese phone company cellular connection.

Even when the iPad was reset, this specific connection would show up in settings. How can I set up the iPad to use in United States, with a US cellular connection?

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If you check the Apple Sim page for iPad here (Use Apple SIM with Wi-Fi + Cellular models of iPad), it says that you can use a nano-SIM card in the SIM tray to set up a cellular data plan with a different carrier.

Japan:

  • AU, DoCoMo, Softbank (purchased in a carrier retail location): The embedded Apple SIM and nano-SIM tray are locked to the carrier that
    sold you your iPad. Outside Japan, you can use the embedded Apple SIM or a nano-SIM card in the SIM tray to set up a cellular data plan
    with a different carrier if you are outside Japan..

  • KDDI (KDDI retail locations): The embedded Apple SIM is locked to KDDI in Japan. The nano-SIM tray is locked to the carrier that sold
    you your iPad. Outside Japan, you can use the embedded Apple SIM or a nano-SIM card in the SIM tray to set up a cellular data plan with a
    different carrier.

  • Thanks. I saw this also but wasn't clear on the wording regarding the SIM but I understand now that nano-SIM is basically the removable SIM in the older iPad versions. – Mars Aug 7 '18 at 17:25

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