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Microsoft is Working on Native SIM Card for Windows Devices

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Microsoft is currently working on its own SIM card to make LTE access a lot easier for individuals who want to use it. As of this writing, the software giant is testing a cellular data app. Through this app, users can use their Windows 10 device and connect it with different mobile network operators. The best thing about it is that a contract is no longer necessary.

Microsoft has already published this cellular data app to its Windows Store. Unfortunately, there is still no news on what Microsoft has in store for the service. So far, all we know about the app is that it's designed to work on Windows 10 devices and that it needs a Microsoft SIM card in order to work. The company has not disclosed information on which markets they plan to launch the SIM card in as well as how much the cellular data price will be. But they do plan to sell plans through their Windows Store so it's likely the data will be associated with a Microsoft Account.

It could be possible that Microsoft will create mobile virtual networks of its own so Windows 10 users may connect with other carriers. Since there contracts aren't necessary, it's likely that this is something Microsoft could do. Or it could follow Apple's approach in offering access through its own SIM card. That's all we know about the cellular data for now. Perhaps the company is working on providing a more detailed announcement on what this cellular data app will be. Until then, we'll have to be patient.

Source: The Verge

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  1. If it offer free data plan. Im in.

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  2. Windows phone has been moribund... guess they are going to give it another go.

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  3. Windows phones are actually pretty good. I have a Lumia 640 running Windows 10 and it's a great phone. The $30 I paid for it was pretty sweet also. As far as data pricing, if it's Microsoft, it won't be cheap.

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  4. Most of the Windows haters have never used one. I have a Lumia 950XL single sim and it is awesome

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    1. No shit.

      Most of the people who hate the notion of jumping off a cliff have never tried that, either.

      The fact is, if an OS isn't practical then people aren't going to use it.

      It could be the best OS in the world, but all it takes is one search in the Windows Store to realize that Windows Phone has a horrible app catalog.

      It's only workable if you're a LEGENDARY SUPER CASUAL who only ever uses popular, big brand services like Netflix and Facebook.

      On the other hand, if you ever try to find certain niche apps from small time devs, you'll often find that they've only released them for one or two of the most popular OS's.

      This is especially true for smaller financial institutions. Windows is often without access to key app-based features like mobile check deposit.

      Anyway, because Microsoft had a lucky desktop/browser monopoly for so long (in part thanks to anti-competitive bundling practices), the lack of competition made them completely forget what it takes to actually make a product viable in a free(er) market.

      At the end of the day, an OS is really just a platform to run apps on top of. It's the apps (along with affordability and basic usability) that make or break market share.

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    2. APPs are just one version of the mobile future, the other is mobile web, HTML5, etc Think of FireFoxOS and ChromeOS. APP v web, once mobile browser are better suited to touch content and more content will be formatted correctly for them, perhaps more people will use them. This is an OLD story in IT. Mainframe/green screen -> desktop clients -> web -> mobile apps. Each of these are either are different version of the same thing, where there is a fight and tension over where the brains are, on the device or in the cloud, etc

      I myself (regardless of reality) would prefer to have a mobile experience where I spent more of my time in a browser and less of it using apps. A browser, to avoid to have to download and update countless APPs.

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    3. I never used one. Why? It would be pointless. Most of the app categories I'd want to use a smart phone for have few or no apps in Windows Phone. Or for the apps that are present, they are way out of date compared to IOS and Android versions because the developers have stopped bothering to update anything for Windows Phone.

      If I want a bright screen and great camera in a dumbphone experience, I will go with Windows Phone. If I want a full featured smartphone, I will go to a real smartphone.
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      "Anyway, because Microsoft had a lucky desktop/browser monopoly for so long..."

      Microsoft never did have a monopoly. There's not one point in which they were the only choice. There were always other easy-to-get alternatives.

      "It's only workable if you're a LEGENDARY SUPER CASUAL who only ever uses popular, big brand services like Netflix and Facebook."

      Or the browser. But you have the gist of it.

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    4. "I have a Lumia 950XL single sim and it is awesome"

      A $33 dollar iRulu tablet is the best thing in the world until you try a Galaxy Tab or iPad.

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    5. Good smartphones are the best of all worlds: several browser choices (another weak pount of Windows Phone) as well as apps, widgets, and services.

      If you want a phone that runs just one browser and just a few apps, roll back the clock and get something like an old LG Rumor 2.

      With a full featured smart phone, you don't have to worry about a " fight over where the brains are"... it is all supported. And even if you hate apps and use only a phone browser, you are hosed in the Windows Phone backwater also.

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    6. An iPad is the best thing in the world until you try a thirty three dollar iRulu tablet.

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  5. It's not that Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 for Mobile as a mobile OS is bad. It's the lack of apps on the Windows Store that's the problem. Even with UWP developers are still not making apps for Windows. The last hope seems to be Islandwood for converting iOS apps over to Windows apps but even then I still don't see developers doing that for Windows.

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    1. And Microsoft is making noises about abandoning Windows Phone altogether for something called "Surface Phone".

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  6. "Most of the Windows haters have never used one"

    I have a friend who dropped and broke her Samsung Galaxy S4. She went back to a Lumia 640 she had before. Hated it, couldn't do much with it. She eventually upgraded to an ancent LG Optimus Android phone. The camera in it is bad, she regards that. but for everything else she finds the far older Android handset to be better than the Lumia 640 Windows phone she hated using.

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  7. "Good smartphones are the best of all worlds: several browser choices (another weak point of Windows Phone) as well as apps, widgets, and services" If your choice of phone needs 2 browsers or more to function properly, it doesn't say a whole lot for your phone. " This is especially true for smaller financial institutions. Windows is often without access to key app-based features like mobile check deposit." Who writes or receives checks anymore? Direct deposit and credit or debit card and Apple Pay of course.

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  8. " If your choice of phone needs 2 browsers or more to function properly"

    Each browser has its own strengths and weaknesses. For example. the Android default one and Chrome and Firefox won't do "desktop mode" correctly, but I found one that does. On a PC I have need to use 3 different browsers.

    The ability to use 3 different browsers is not a weakness, it is a strength. It says a whole lot for the phone that I have this and many more options.

    It seems like you have a purely dumbphone mentality: one browser, one game, and a version of Netflix that hasn't been updated since 2013... 3 apps is all you ened.

    The need for multiple browsers is especially acute in Windows Phone, where they are likely to force people to use a version of "Next", which has crippled functionality and a scrambled useless configuration situation. (A Microsoft product, it's the worst thing I've seen in years)

    " Who writes or receives checks anymore? Direct deposit and credit or debit card and Apple Pay of course. "

    You are sort of inconsistent for a Windows Phone shill. If you are trumpeting Windows Phone for its ability to use Apple Pay, you are making a mistake. Which brings up the point that everywhere I go now, I see the twin Android and Apple pay icons at checkouts. You'll no more see anything that will let you pay with Windows Phone than you will for paying with a Commodore 64 for the same reasons.

    Anyway, if you need more than 2 browsers... it doesn't say much for your phone. If you need more than 2 audio players, it doesn't say much for your phone. If you need more than 2 games, it doesn't say much for your phone. Etc etc etc.

    I think you would indeed be happy with an LG Rumor 2. It only allowed one browser, and it only had 2 game apps with it. The perfect phone for you.

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    1. Some of us actually use multiple phones as no one phone is the king of all mobile devices. It is much more interesting to be open to the strengths of each platform rather than to focus on perceived imperfections. I think we see the shill here.

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    2. Well, there are a couple of kings around (which makes it good for those with multiple phones to have different iPhones and androids).

      But Windows Phone is not a king.... more like a minor duke on a cold island.

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  9. What I'm hearing is iOS has no market share because of the walled garden. News to me but I'm not using a different browser each day of the week, so I probably missed the memo.

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    1. What you're hearing came only from your imagination.

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  10. Many browsers for IOS... http://lifehacker.com/5927910/five-best-ios-web-browsers

    ... including Dolphin, which has an actual working "desktop mode" unlike the others.

    Of course, there are many apps there too (something you seem to dislike also). It's a thriving smartphone ecosystem. If you have "missed the memo" and prefer dumbphones instead, oh well...

    "Walled garden" is a strange thing for you to mention. But realize that whatever the analogy is supposed to mean, the plants have died in the Windows Phone garden.

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    1. Ya know, you're right, windows phone isn't for everyone. Obviously it's not for you. And yes, it does have a 3% or less market share right now, and that may be a generous number. But for the average person, it's probably more than enough phone. I'm more of a ring plus\moto e guy myself, but I find the windows platform to be more than capable.

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  11. Love those Chinese app stores!

    http://appflood.com/blog/top-10-alternative-app-stores-from-china-2013

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  12. PSA: To keep your 30GB of free OneDrive cloud storage, you must opt-in before Monday http://www.phonearena.com/news/PSA-To-keep-your-30GB-of-free-OneDrive-cloud-storage-you-must-opt-in-before-Monday_id77862

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