Apple SIM

How to set up and use Dual SIM on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR

Dual SIM

One of the most anticipated new features on the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR is the introduction of Dual SIM technology. With this tool, you can have use two cellular connections on the same handset. In this article, you'll learn more about the feature and how you can set it up on your iOS device. 

Further proof a dual-SIM is coming to this year’s iPhone X Plus

iPhone X SIM

The iOS 12 beta 5 update released earlier this week has offered further proof Apple plans on providing a dual-SIM on this year's so-called iPhone X Plus. This same news was first teased by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in November 2017. The latest details were first discovered by 9to5Mac. 

Truphone to bring its Apple SIM data plans to 30+ markets later this year

Truphone announced today that its Apple SIM data plans for cellular iPads are now officially available in Ireland and Portugal following last week's launch in Australia and the Netherlands.

The service is also available in Hong Kong, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom, with an additional 31 countries to follow by the end of 2017.

These plans let iPad owners instantly get online and stay connected via the Truphone network at home and while traveling in 40 countries without international roaming charges.

Truphone is giving customers 100MB of data for free, with a try before you buy offer making it easy for customers to get 4G data directly on their iPad with no obligation to purchase.

To sign up for the service, just tap Settings > Mobile Data > Set Up Mobile Data, select Truphone as your provider and choose a data bucket you need for a month. You can buy more data at any time with a valid Visa or MasterCard in 40 countries.

Two new features are now available, too:

Auto Renew: Automatically purchase a new data plan when the current one expires or is consumed for uninterrupted 4G connectivity, with built-in overspend protection. Top Up Anytime: The freedom to add more data anytime, anywhere without having to wait for your plan to expire. Create an easily-managed queue of data plans to make sure you never run out of data.

Apple SIM is built into all cellular iPad Pro models and is compatible with the fifth-generation iPad, first-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2 cellular models.

GigSky’s data plans now available in 180+ countries with Apple SIM

GigSky is now offering its data plans in over 180 countries on Apple SIM, plus great new pricing, the company announced Tuesday. GigSky in the summer of 2016 expanded its service to more than 140 countries worldwide, meaning their affordable mobile data plans for iPad users with Apple SIM are now available in about 40 new markets versus last summer.

Truphone rolls out global data plans with Apple SIM in 40 countries

Truphone today announced that its 4G data plans aimed at cellular iPads with Apple SIM are now available in 40 countries around the world, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France and Germany. Truphone's pay-as-you-go roaming plans start at €8 (about $8.5) for 500 megabytes of cellular data over 30 days and go all the way up to €20 (about $21.3) for 3 gigabytes of high-speed 4G cellular data over 30 days. They'll also treat first-time customers to 100 megabytes of data at no charge.

Apple SIM partner AlwaysOnline Wireless unveils new UK plans, expands in 29 countries

Apple SIM is available in 140+ countries via GigSky, but now customers traveling abroad have additional choices when it comes to buying short-term data plans on the go, directly from their cellular-enabled iPad, thanks to a company called AlwaysOnline Wireless which today announced that its 4G LTE roaming network is now available via Apple SIM in the United States and 28 additional countries.

The company also launched new data plans in the United Kingdom via a partnership with British wireless carrier Three: an hourly plan with 100MB of 4G LTE for $0.49 (£0.37), a daily plan with 500MB of 4G LTE for $5.99 (£4.50), a 1GB plan for $10.99 (£8.26), a 3GB plan for $18.99 (£14.28) and a 5GB plan for $29.99 (£22.55).

Apple SIM expands to 140+ countries via GigSky

GigSky, a mobile technology company offering a global mobile data service and an important Apple SIM partner, announced on Tuesday a major service expansion making the Apple SIM available this summer in more than 140 countries worldwide, up from more than 90 countries and territories.

The company will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with the Apple SIM in any supported country. For details on enhanced coverage and pricing, check out the GigSky website.

Tim Cook reaffirms Apple has no desire to become a MVNO carrier

Apple CEO Tim Cook was interviewed at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today by retired European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Nellie Kroes.

Asked if Apple would consider launching its own telecommunications service to cut off carriers, Cook responded by ruling out an Apple MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator).

Cook said his company lacks the expertise to do so and reiterated that Apple is in fact quite content with the things carriers do.

Cellular edition of Apple’s new 9.7″ iPad Pro has an integrated, non-removable Apple SIM

Tucked away on the iPad Pro Tech Specs webpage is an interesting tidbit about Apple's new 12.9-inch iPad Pro model. If you're in the market for that device and are contemplating buying a Wi-Fi + Cellular edition (Model A1674), know that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro ships with an integrated, non-removable Apple SIM.

This is the first time an Apple device has embedded the Apple SIM since its debut. The Apple SIM started shipping in October 2014 with the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 and was added last fall to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

GigSky brings affordable mobile data at local rates with Apple SIM to 90 countries

The versatile Apple SIM is coming to more than 90 countries and territories around the world, including much of Europe, offering roaming users affordable cellular data plans and the convenience of changing carrier on their cellular iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3.

The latest expansions is the result of a partnership Apple signed with GigSky, a company that provides access to a local prepaid data service in markets around the world, at local rates.

Rumor: iPhone 6s has 2GB RAM and Apple SIM

Apple's upcoming S-refresh to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus apparently includes two gigabytes of random-access memory (RAM), a feature long expected by Apple fans who have been eyeing top-end Android handsets with 3GB of RAM with envy. More RAM = better multitasking = longer battery life.

Furthermore, the phone ship with the Apple SIM which debuted alongside the iPad Air 2, as reported by AppleInsider quoting “a person familiar with Apple's future product plans” who in the past has provided “reliable info.”

Activating Apple SIM on AT&T locks it to their network

Just a heads up for folks looking to get a Wi-Fi + Cellular version of one of the new iPads. It was discovered on Friday that the awesome new Apple SIM feature, which is supposed to allow you to switch seamlessly between compatible carriers, doesn't play well with all providers.

More specifically, MacRumors points to an Apple support page that says when you activate your new iPad with AT&T, the carrier dedicates its Apple SIM to their network only. So if you wanted to move the tablet to another provider, you'd have to purchase and install a new SIM.