How to insert a micro SIM card in the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook

By Adam Zeis on 8 Aug 2012 12:43 pm EDT

The 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook will be available in Canada tomorrow, and if you plan on picking one up this tip certainly will be handy. Buying the device on contract you'll need to load up a micro SIM card from your carrier to get your data services up and running. While it's pretty straight forward, the video above shows you how to get it done. To insert a SIM card in your BlackBerry PlayBook 4G/LTE, simply remove the bottom SIM tray, insert the card and slide it back in. Done and done! Turn on your mobile network and you're good to go!

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How to insert a micro SIM card in the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook


sadly this would have no use to me cuz of my playbook and 9900 hotspot combo and my 6gb dataplan i might however be interested in the 10" as much as i love the 7" more space to see better vids with.

Is it me, or is the bevel on the tray on the right corner, and in the demo the chip is laid in the carrier with the bevel on the left side. Is this an incorrect representation or just poor design? I noted that they specifically warn you about correct alignment!

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I think it's funny that they needed to make a video to show how to insert a SIM card into the device.

But in all seriousness, does anyone know if one requires a special "hook" device such as what is required on an Ipad3 to open its SIM tray? I'm going to presume that the answer is no based on what is shown on the video.

I've got some rather basic questions, if someone could help.

1) If you buy the 4g playbook outright (no contract), does that mean that it's unlocked - you can pop in a sim card from any network, anywhere in the world?

2) It used to be that if you wanted to use your phone all over the world - changing sim cards as you move from country to country - you need to go with a gsm carrier (AT&T and T-Mobile in the US; Rogers in Canada). Does the gsm vs cdma distinction still matter for 4g phones/tablets?

I appreciate your expertise!