Truphone's Apple SIM Data Plans for iPad Will Be Available to Buy in Over 30 Countries Later This Year

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Truphone today announced that its Apple SIM data plans for iPad are now available to purchase in Ireland and Portugal, with an additional 31 countries to follow by the end of 2017. The plans were already available in Australia, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the UK.


Truphone's Apple SIM plans provide iPad users with access to its data network in over 40 countries without additional roaming charges, including the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, and much of the European Union. Each plan lasts 30 days, with 500MB, 1GB, and 3GB allotments available at up to 4G speeds.

Apple SIM enables iPad users to easily switch between different short-term data plans from select carrier partners without needing multiple SIM cards. Apple SIM can be used in more than 180 countries and territories around the world, making it convenient for staying connected while traveling.

Apple SIM is embedded in the latest cellular iPad Pro models, and compatible with the fifth-generation 9.7-inch iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 4, sold in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the UK.

Apple SIM is also available for purchase separately at Apple retail store locations in those aforementioned countries. Keep in mind that not all carriers support Apple SIM, and it is not available to purchase or use in China.

Truphone data plans can be purchased or topped up on compatible iPads by tapping Settings → Cellular Data → Set Up Cellular Data. In some countries, these settings may be labeled as Mobile Data.

Other Apple SIM partners around the world include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Three UK, EE, AlwaysOnline Wireless, GigSky, SoftBank, and au by KDDI. As a pricing comparison, rival global network GigSky offers data in over 140 countries for between 1 and 10 cents per MB depending on the region.

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39 months ago

Is it possible to have multiple carriers, e.g. Verizon in the US and someone else while traveling abroad, say Japan? How does that work?

That’s essentially how Truphone works but transparent to the user. They do deals in different countries to be an MVNO locally in those regions and then brand the service as Truphone.

So in the US you’re on the T-Mobile Network but if you go to the UK they might be 3 or Vodafone, but your Carrier is always listed as Truphone.

In the countries they have local markets they’re generally much cheaper than roaming on your US carrier, but usually slightly more expensive than buying a SIM yourself in that country. The convenience though is that you can have one (or multiple) numbers and the people who contact you don’t have to care what country and carrier your on as they would if you picked up a local sim for the short term.
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39 months ago

That’s essentially how Truphone works but transparent to the user. They do deals in different countries to be an MVNO locally in those regions and then brand the service as Truphone.

So in the US you’re on the T-Mobile Network but if you go to the UK they might be 3 or Vodafone, but your Carrier is always listed as Truphone.

In the countries they have local markets they’re generally much cheaper than roaming on your US carrier, but usually slightly more expensive than buying a SIM yourself in that country. The convenience though is that you can have one (or multiple) numbers and the people who contact you don’t have to care what country and carrier your on as they would if you picked up a local sim for the short term.

Thanks for explaining that. Knowing this, the next iPad I purchase will likely be the Wi-Fi+Cellular model.
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