Local firm takes global lead on SIMs for iPad
A SMALL Irish company has become the first in the world to sell the special phone SIM cards required for Apple's new iPad computer.
MAXroam, a private telecoms firm which employs 16 people in west Dublin, has trumped giants such as Vodafone and O2 by announcing yesterday it will make the SIMs and data plans available globally when the 3G iPad goes on sale later this month.
The first version of the iPad went on sale in the US last Saturday and an estimated 500,000 have already been sold. The second version, which includes 3G for internet browsing, is expected to hit shops in some countries in late April.
Buyers of this version, which is not locked to any network and costs upwards of €500, will need a new micro-sized SIM, which is not yet available.
Other operators will reveal bundles for the 3G iPad but MAXroam is the only one which will sell the SIM along with a data plan for almost any country in the world. "The iPad is the Holy Grail of computers but no carrier has yet announced plans to sell the micro-SIM," said MAXroam's Pat Phelan yesterday.