In the new iPad Pro models with LTE, Apple first installed a virtual SIM card – the Apple Sim. This makes it possible to simply conclude contracts with international providers without having to get a suitable SIM card abroad. In addition, the card is standard with other iPad models with LTE modem.
All are disadvantages, starting with the moment when you want to change company: you have to wait several days to receive it and be careful to put the new one when the old one stops working. Apple knows and long ago took a first step to solve this problem by launching the Apple SIM, a card that works with more carriers.
Today, Truphone has presented international data plans for iPad users with Apple SIM, among which you have 500MB for €8, 1GB for €11 and 3GB for €20. Once contracted, you can use each of the plans for 30 days in more than 40 countries where they will be available.
At the moment of beginning to write these lines, users of an iPad who want to use Truephone in their Apple SIM will have to be in Spain when they first buy an operator plan for the Apple SIM, but the data can be used In any of the more than 40 countries mentioned above. Truphone says it will soon expand this possibility and will be able to buy its plans for Apple SIM throughout Europe and other countries.
The Apple SIM, which is now available in more than 140 countries and areas around the world, allows us to switch operators without having to change the SIM card. This Apple proposal comes included in the iPad Pro 9.7 inch cell phone and pre-installed on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro 12.9 inches sold in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Here’s the full Truphone’s data plans list of countries available:
- Czech Republic
- French Guiana
- Hong Kong
- Isle of Man
- Puerto Rico
- United Kingdom
- Reunion Island
- Vatican City
From now on you can buy Truphone plans from Settings > Mobile Data > Set Up Your Mobile Data, something you can do without a Wi-Fi connection. In order to do so, our iPad must have iOS 10.2 or later installed. Truphone offers new customers 100MB of data so they can test the service.
No doubt that the Apple SIM is only opening the way can be good news although, as I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I do not think it is a long time for the Cupertino announce an iPhone with what is currently known as eSIM, that is , Everything good of the SIM without having to use a physical card.