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M2M / IoT SIM cards: the trend is oriented towards direct ordering

Until now, it was quite difficult to purchase M2M roaming cards at attractive prices. Indeed, there are diverse online shops and providers where you can purchase cards directly, however the cards are usually from resellers (i.e. often without access to the management portal of the mobile network provider). Fortunately, things are taking a turn for […]

Until now, it was quite difficult to purchase M2M roaming cards at attractive prices. Indeed, there are diverse online shops and providers where you can purchase cards directly, however the cards are usually from resellers (i.e. often without access to the management portal of the mobile network provider).

Fortunately, things are taking a turn for the better: Telefónica has recently started to offer an IoT shop for SIM cards. The shop can be found under https://m2m.telefonica.de/shop-iot-sim-karten/ and it allows for the purchase of SIMs in quantities of 1 or more. The prices are quite competitive and should not differ from the prices offered within the context of large framework agreements.

In our opinion, this is a step taken in the right direction. The access to M2M SIMs should be as simple as possible, with the use of the corresponding cards truly allowing for an improved management of devices in the field. Theoretically, „normal SIMs“ should not be used in fixed installations, even though this is probably very rarely tracked.

Small companies and start-ups can benefit from easy access to the correct SIMs and develop interesting applications, in a fast and simple manner.