Arduino IoT SIM card for Global IoT Connectivity

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IoT is changing our lives. We started this blog with describing the 3 pillars of an IoT ecosystem – Hardware, Connectivity and Cloud. Though there exists no market leader in IoT yet but there are visionaries who are building a full-stack IoT platform to become leaders of this ever-growing domain.

If you think that the internet has changed your life, think again. The IoT is about to change it all over again! – Brendan O’Brien, Chief Architect & Co-Founder, Aria Systems

In our earlier blog post we discussed about building blocks of building an IoT product. We discussed that connectivity plays a central role in enabling IoT ecosystem with examples of various way we connect things today to internet. We went ahead to discuss about IoT sim cards and took an example of one of the best cellular connectivity provider Hologram. In this post, we are going to discuss our very favorite Arduino who has come up with its own IoT sim cards to power the new MKR series boards with cellular connectivity out of the box that can juts work globally. 

Arduino IoT SIM

Arduino SIM

Arduino IoT sim cards provide global coverage to over 100 countries and currently support Arduino MKR 1400 dev board with the 3G network that can fall back to 2G if needed. There’s a roadmap to support the upcoming Arduino MKR NB 1500 (LTE Cat-M and NB-IoT) and eventually Arduino has plan to open it to 3rd party boards too.

In the begening the connectivity is limited to Arduino IoT Cloud only – with the ability to bridge out to the wider Internet using webhooks and APIs coming later in the year. Arduino IoT sim cards comes ar a price of $1.50 per 5MB + taxes per month after the trial. However you can get 10MB data for free as trial after singing up. Credit card details will be required to activate your subscription, and the payment will start after 90 days or when you use up the 10MB data – whichever happens first. You will be able to pause or cancel your paid subscription at any time.

You can also pause and re-start your SIM online on Arduino portal. However note that your SIM can be paused for a maximum of 6 months only and there is an ongoing paused fee of $0.30 USD per month plus applicable taxes. (n.b. the SIM cannot be paused during your free 90 day trial period).

This is a very welcoming news because more and more company are coming into this space to provide a unified global connectivity for building IoT products. We have seen 3 pioneers now Hologram, Particle as the largest private players and Arduino as the largest community players entering into this space with aim to build full-stack IoT. Coming times is going to be more existing for IoT.

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