SIM cards and data plans

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I have a range of tablet devices dating back from 3 years ago all with cellular data capability (either 3G or 4G/LTE) and which provide a reasonable Internet connection while I’m on the move. Due to the current limitation of SIM cards, which only allows one card or service number per device I either need to set up separate data plans for each device (which adds up quite quickly) or regularly insert the SIM card into the device I am taking with me.

As technology as progressed over the last few years so have the SIM card sizes – varying from the full-size, mini, micro to the latest nano. You’ll rarely encounter the full-size (or the size of a credit card) since this format is nearly 15 years old. Both my iPad 2 and Nexus 7 use the micro-SIM, but the new iPad Air uses the nano-SIM. The advice I got from my service provider was to go the multiple data plan route, but after visiting a phone repair shop I discovered a more cost effective solution – a SIM adaptor, which costs no more than a few dollars.

So back I went to the service provider to replace, for no charge, my existing micro-SIM with a nano-SIM card. Now when I need to use the iPad 2 I use the nano-SIM with the nano-to-micro adaptor otherwise the nano-SIM will fit straight into the latest iPad Air models – and my iPhone 5 as well. My generous prepaid data plan can now be shared amongst various mobile devices.

Of course there is another option – tethering or setting up a personal WiFi hotspot. But this works only on iPads more recent than my iPad 2 and service providers may impose certain restrictions when tethering.

Author: Arnis Gross

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January 5, 2015

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