Global roaming with your iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3 just got a lot easier, although rather expensive too.
Those tablets, and likely future models such as the rumoured iPad Pro, can come fitted with the Apple SIM – a unique nanoSIM card developed by Apple.
Available with new iPads or as a cost-extra accessory, the Apple SIM lets travellers choose and sign up for a prepaid data roaming plan directly from their iPad as soon as they land, instead of visiting a local telco store at the airport or in the city.
Apple has partnered with GigSky – which touts itself as "the first global mobile network designed for travellers" – to offer short-term data plans in over 90 countries.
Switch on your Apple SIM-equipped iPad, choose Set Up Mobile Data and tap the GigSky option to see the plans available – then pick your plan, pay up and start surfing.
(GigSky isn't always the only game in town: you can also choose T-Mobile in the USA and the UK).
However, such simplicity comes at a cost.
GigSky's plans tend to be more expensive compared to buying a local prepaid SIM, so it pays to do a little research before you travel.
For instance, GigSky's options for Canada start at A$10 for a barely-useful 20MB, with A$35 for 120MB and A$50 for 250MB.
But Canadian telco Bell offers 250MB for just A$15 – less than a third of GigSky's ask – with 500MB for A$20 and a meaty 5GB for A$35.
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