IoT SIM and Mobile/Laptop Convergence IoT SIM and Mobile/Laptop Convergence

IoT SIM and Mobile/Laptop Convergence

By Elliot Klein


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IoT SIM and Mobile/Laptop Convergence

Feb 25, 2019


When I began work after college, I was one of the valued employees issued a chunky notebook computer that I called the “boat anchor.” Later, I was equipped with a large cellphone. Over time, my laptops got smaller and lighter, and my phones became simpler, smaller and loaded with smartphone mobile apps.

Recently, my 2016 Macbook began to fade so I visited a local Apple Store to explore options –- Macbooks, Macbook Airs and iPad Pros. After considering the Google Pixel and other lower-cost options, I decided to go for the iPad Pro. The benefit of such hybrid tablet/laptop devices is that they run operating systems designed for either the tablet or phone, and unlike laptops, don’t need a mouse device.

With my tablet, I can run my work VPN in the browser and still access my smartphone’s mobile apps with an intuitive touch-sensitive pad. Basically, just about anything I did on the smartphone I can now do with a tablet. The convergence of the mobile phone and the laptop, I realized, is upon us.

The only problem was my smartphone has a SIM card, which means I am always in range of my wireless carrier connection and could go online to respond to business email right away, even internationally. With the new laptop device, it was all good – except when I was out of free Wi-Fi range or available access points.

Business is 24/7 and I need to stay available and connected. Sure, I have WiFi most places, but what about when I’m out of office or away from WiFi network connectivity?

I needed a SIM that connects to the Internet when WiFi is not available, or to have as a back-up when business connectivity is essential. Trouble is, some wireless carriers charge up to $80 a month to provide a SIM card for tablets and IoT devices. That’s pretty steep, especially if like me you mostly use devices with WiFi.

There’s an alternative: Claro Enterprise Solutions offers an “IoT Data SIM Kit” with data-only plan options on the nation’s leading wireless carriers to deliver 24x7 connectivity with new tablets equipped with SIM card slots.

Unlike carriers who focus on getting businesses signed on full-plan smartphone wireless voice/text/data plans, the IoT SIM Kit offers a unique and affordable data-only plan.

The Data-Only IoT SIM Kit Features:
  • A 3-in-1 SIM card size to add or replace SIM into tablets or IoT devices
  • Compatibility with unlocked, compatible LTE and GSM tablets, hotspots and wearables. Receive your SIM card in the mail, add it to your tablet device and activate SIM online
  • Data-only plans for tablets, hotspots and wearables starting at $5/Month and $10/GB; Only pay for data used in the plan period, with no contract or commitments

The IoT SIM Kit is tailor-made for low-data usage tablet and IoT devices and optimized for light-use data devices. For a tablet or laptop that is usually connected to WiFi, the SIM Kit lets you take advantage of low-usage level rate plans as a cellular network back-up to ensure connectivity whenever needed.


Elliot Klein is Product Manager for Mobile Voice, Text and Data at Claro Enterprise Solutions.

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