“Data roaming was once one of the great pain points of traveling. Slowly, but surely, it is easing up—and perhaps going away all together,” Nikki Ekstein reports for Travel & Leisure. “A short history, for the uninitiated: first, the EU proposed legislature to end roaming on the European continent by 2017 (a bill that was just approved yesterday). Then T-Mobile made it free to roam in 120-plus countries (sluggish network speeds be damned).”
“A third development was the perhaps quietest — Apple launched a technology called Apple SIM poised to instantly connect travelers with local data networks the second they touched ground in an international country,” Ekstein reports. “The only catch? They didn’t have any significant telecom partners available when the technology deployed, so the development flew largely under the radar.”
“Until today, that is. This morning, Apple and GigSky teamed up to offer travelers the ability to instantly connect to a local data network in more than 90 countries and territories upon touchdown — no need to visit a kiosk, talk to a service agent, or really, do anything at all,” Ekstein reports. “Instead, iPads with Apple SIM cards will automatically offer the option to sign up for a data plans as soon as a local network is in reach… For now, the technology is limited to iPad—AppleSIM has been coming pre-installed on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models with WiFi + Cellular capability (and have been since that model debuted last year). ”
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MacDailyNews Take: iPad-only, for now. Please let it come to the iPhone!