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), but some Data plans allow unlimited / unmetered transfer quotas. Note that some carriers reserve the option to reduce speeds past a certain data usage on the plan or at peak usage times on the carrier's network, and this should be considered for streaming since it could adversely affect your video stream quality.
While a SIM associated with a Phone plan may work with the Node, it's possible that the carrier may reduce the data speeds or completely suspend 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 Data plans and even with some Phone plans. Teradek still strongly recommends that a Data plan is used as the Node is a data specific device rather than a phone, and T-Mobile can change their requirements at any time.
- AT&T Wireless requires a data plan (intended for use with a USB modem or Wi-Fi Hotspot) for most connections. While some customers have reported that Phone plans work with the Nodes, there is no guarantee that this will be a reliable long term solution and Teradek still strongly recommends that a Data plan is used with the Node.
- Verizon has approved the Node as a certified device on their network as of October 9th, 2018 ( https://opendevelopment.verizonwireless.com/device-showcase/device/7005 ). The only plans tested by Teradek have been Data plans rather than Phone plans. The plan selected on Verizon's network may require a rated plan with a GB data transfer limit rather than an unlimited data plan. However, you should consult with your Verizon account representative for all applicable plans for the Node.