Select iPad buyers are now able to get a Sim card that offers cheaper roaming rates in over 90 countries all over the world. One of these countries is South Africa.
Currently, the Apple SIM comes installed in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3Wi-Fi and cellular models in the UK and the US. According to GigSky, the multi-network SIM from Apple is also now available for individual purchase. This means that cellular data plans are now available for Apple SIM users.
The reprogrammable Sim allows users to switch between data plans without the need to get a new Sim for each carrier. An advantage of the Apple Sim technology is the easier roaming, giving consumers the option to subscribe to short-term data packages when travelling abroad without removing the Sim from the device.
GigSky data bundles are offered as follows:
40MB valid 3 days – $10
125MB valid 7 days – $25
200MB valid 14 days – $35
500MB valid 30 days -$50
This development is quite beneficial for South Africans, especially for when travelling abroad with their Apple devices.GigSky data plans are available on a pay-as-you-go basis, so there are no long term commitments
This also means that there are some implications in terms of RICA purposes as well as for the cellular industry in general. Network operators may be forced to lower data costs.
There is also talk that the technology behind the Apple Sim could lead the way for the launch of an independent virtual mobile network.