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Microsoft's Making Its Own SIM Card to Provide Contract-less Cellular Data

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It seems Microsoft is developing its own SIM cards that will allow Windows 10 devices to access a range of different cellular data networks without the need for a contract.

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The Verge has noticed that Microsoft has just released a new app called Cellular Data. It explains that the service will allow you to “connect with – and pay for – a mobile data plan on your Windows 10 device using only your Microsoft account information. That means no fixed contract and no long term commitments to a mobile network operator.”

The app’s built to “work solely with specific Windows 10 devices and requires a Microsoft SIM card.” However, there’s no sign just yet of those SIM cards, so it’s unclear where the service will be available and how much its plans will cost. It will, though, clearly all be controlled by Microsoft, so you’ll buy a SIM and contract via Windows Store and then use your Microsoft Account for all subsequent dealings.

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Quite which carriers will partner with Microsoft to provide the service is also unclear. We’ll have to wait and see.

[Microsoft and Verge]

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Bonkers. I pay a 3 euro/month contract at my carrier for 15GB of 4G data and unlimited 3G data after consumption of the base pack, aaand unlimited phonecalls (SMS still costs for some fucking reason) in Europe and selected other countries(some Asian countries, American states blablabla). And I also receive cloud storage for free. Why in the world would I want to leave them? What could Microsoft bring so hardcore to the table that I would want to forget the great prices that my operator practices?