The Nokia 8.3 5G, 5.3, 1.3, and 5310 were not the only things HMD Global announced at its online event on Thursday. The Finnish firm also launched HMD Connect – a global roaming data SIM card, with associated plans. It works in 120 countries.
Prices Of HMD Connect Data Bundle and SIM
The price for a bundle is the same irrespective of the country you plan to use it in – €9.95, but you get varying amounts of data for that money. The aforementioned 120 countries are divided into 3 zones. So, for €9.95 you get 1GB of data in Zone 1, 500MB in Zone 2, and 250MB in Zone 3.
These data bundles are valid for 14 days since activation, and there’s a pay as you go renewal option for an additional €5, but this does not extend the 14-day validity period of the bundle.
The HMD Connect SIM starter kit will cost you €19.95 for the first one, and €10 for any additional SIMs you may require (and add to the same order). These kits already include one bundle – so you get up to 1GB of data right out of the box when you start using the SIM. SIM starter kits start shipping on March 30, and will take 2-7 business days to arrive anywhere in the world.
HMD Connect App
The HMD Connect app for Android is already available in the Play Store and is what you’ll use to activate your SIM and manage your bundles.
Pros and Cons Of HMD Connect Data Roaming
Obviously the advantage of this service is that it removes all the hassle of buying local SIM cards if you travel a lot.
That’s not very useful if you’re in the EU and only travel in other EU states, because of the Roam Like At Home policy, but for everywhere else it might be a good fit – data roaming fees from your carrier could be quite exorbitant.