Today, Apple ventured into telecommunications after it launched SIM cards that can be purchased by Australians, too cheaply access the ‘world wide web’ whilst travelling abroad.
The SIM cards that were announced today can be utilised in iPads and can be purchased from Australian Apple Stores or from the Apple website. The data that comes with the SIM cards will be provided by GigSky, with Apples new partnership deal.
Depending on where you are in the world, the SIM cards can be used to access the internet in over 90 countries and will cost as low as $50 for three gigabytes of data.
According to News.com.au, Ravi Rishy-Maharaj the CEO of GigSky stated, “We’re elated to offer iPad users a new way to stay connected around the world”.
It is possible that these SIM cards would help end the hunt for free Wi-Fi while overseas. This would reduce the need to stop of at Wi-Fi hotspots to check Facebook or confirm travel itinerary, while travelling the world.
Ravi went on to say, “Travellers have the freedom to email, map and tweet wherever they go, without the usual challenges of connecting.”
When iPad users purchase a data pack, they will be able to choose what country the data will be applied via GigSky. Currently, GigSky is offering data packs with three gigabytes of data for $50 that can be used in countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, Greece and Italy. Additionally, one gigabyte data packs can be purchased to be used in countries such as the United States of America, Denmark and France.
Countries such as New Zealand and Fiji, will have more expensive data packs, with $50 buying you 500 megabytes in New Zealand and just 90 megabytes in the small island nation of Fiji.
The GigSky plans provide Australian users with a more ‘bang for your buck’ solution when it comes to purchasing data for internet usage overseas. The Australian telecommunications companies Telstra, Vodafone and Optus charge $3000, $1000 and $500 respectively for one gigabyte of international data roaming (without having a mobile contract).
Apple has not revealed whether other countries worldwide will received these SIM cards for use in iPad tablets.