SIM Card Size
Your mobile carrier / service provider will need to provide a SIM card for use with their service; SIM cards are not included with the Node.
The Node's slot accepts a Mini-SIM (2FF) form factor SIM card (sometimes called a "Standard SIM", "Regular Size SIM" or "Normal Sized SIM") with dimensions of 25 mm x 15 mm.
SIM card adapters allow the use of a smaller Micro-SIM (3FF) with dimensions of 15 mm x 12 mm, or a Nano-SIM (4FF) with dimensions of 12.3 mm x 8.8 mm, to fit in the Mini-SIM slot on the Node.
A Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM converter is included with each Node -- do not try to use a Micro-SIM or Nano-SIM directly in the Node without an appropriate adapter.
Mobile Network Plan requirements
The mobile carrier / service provider may require a "Data" plan for the Node to work on their network; a Data plan is typically used with a Wi-Fi hotspot or a USB modem / USB dongle.
Data plans often have metered / limited amounts of data assigned (e.g. 5, 20 or 50 Gigabytes), as the mobile carriers don't want their networks abused with unlimited / unmetered transfer quotas.
While a SIM associated with a "Phone" plan may work with the Node, it's possible that the carrier may stop the data flow and this is outside of Teradek's control.
Below are notes based on testing the Node with different mobile network carriers in the United States:
- T-mobile seems to work with most plans and even phone plans. We would still recommend that you get a data plan.
- AT&T Wireless requires a data plan (laptop connect or Wi-Fi Hotspot plan) for most connections. While we've seen phone plans work with the Nodes, there is no guarantee that this will be a reliable long term solution.
- Verizon has the most stringent requirements regarding the Node, as they require Verizon branded devices on their network. This limitation is not from the Node, but is from Verizon. You will need to be on a rated plan (one with a GB data transfer limit) and you may need to authorize your account with a 3rd Party IMEI (we can provide one if you need it). We are currently working with Verizon to make this process easier for our customers.
As always, please reach out to our support team if you need additional assistance.