I would like to use today's blog post for our ThingsMobile Present SIM cards and give a brief overview of the costs incurred for communication in the IoT.
In contrast to classic mobile radio applications, IoT or M2M applications have special requirements. Although classic contracts offer more and more cheap data volume and talk time, the use of such SIM cards for your own devices is still not ideal. A limitation, for example, is the regular top-up obligation of almost all providers for prepaid cards. An exception here is the new Telekom tariff option, which together with 1NCE offers a 10-year solution for small businesses and private individuals, although the tariff can only be used in conjunction be used with NB-IoT, which is not yet widely used. Whether the future lies with NB-IoT, LoRa or LTE is currently still in the stars.
As a solution to the problem we have ThingsMobile found. This SIM cards can be used in almost all networks. Since the 2G network is about to be switched off in many European countries, one is Tariff choice difficult, ThingsMobile circumvents the problem elegantly by simply using it in all networks.
The Pricing model is quite transparent and is primarily determined by the actual data transfer. Use that SIM card not, no fees or similar due. € 0.12 per MB data volume. If the monthly data usage is less than 1MB, 12 cents will be charged.
If you need a high volume of data, for example for the transmission of images or complex data, various data packets are also available.
What is special about the tariffs: All SIM cards have a shared credit and can be managed centrally in the web interface. You have the option to set up data limits and user alarms for each SIM card in the portal, you can configure the permissible uptime for the individual cards SIM cards locate via GSM triangulation and send messages (SMS) centrally as an additional control option individually or to all cards at the same time.
So a lot of features that allow you to start developing your own IoT devices or Industry 4.0 applications at low cost.
All in all an inexpensive solution to provide online access to your own devices worldwide.
Until the next post :)