The Japanese unit of Apple Inc. has released iPad tablet computers free of subscriber identity module locks to allow users to choose their own mobile carriers.
Users of the lock-free iPad, available at Apple stores and online, are able to use their devices overseas inserting local SIM cards.
The 16-gigabyte iPad Air sells for ¥66,744 including tax, while the iPad mini Retina with the same storage capacity is priced at ¥55,944. Each is more than ¥10,000 more expensive than existing locked models.
The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry plans to oblige mobile phone carriers to remove SIM locks on handsets. The locks have been applied to limit the use of smartphones and tablets to services by specific carriers.