Microsoft building its own SIM card

cellular-industry-starts-biometric-verification-of-sims-1421877462-8555Software giant Microsoft appears to be working on its own SIM card.

A free application named “Cellular Data” has been published to the Microsoft Store.  It isn’t available to download just yet, but there are clues.

Cellular Data will allow customers with a “Microsoft SIM card” and select Windows 10 devices to purchase data through the Windows Store. However, the store description currently implies that the card will only work with a select number of Windows 10 devices and will be available in a few markets initially. The full description reads:

Are you looking for a reliable, convenient way to stay connected everywhere you go, even when WiFi isn’t available? The Cellular data app allows you to connect to a trusted nationwide mobile data network using only your Microsoft account.

Connect with – and pay for – a mobile data plan on your Windows 10 device using only your Microsoft account information. That means no fixed contract and no long term commitments to a mobile network operator. Now you can buy and use mobile data at your own convenience. This is the easiest way to get online using a trusted nationwide network. Purchase a plan via Windows Store anywhere network coverage is available. The Cellular data app can get you connected at any time with a secure, high-speed mobile connection.

This app is designed to work solely with specific Windows 10 devices and requires a Microsoft SIM card.  We have pointed out that there is no such animal so it means that Vole will have to build one.

The Service is available in some markets and offers are for domestic plans only – international roaming offers will be available soon.

The company has also detailed a procedure to purchase data, which also suggests that this data plan will be tied to a Microsoft account. Pricing and availability details have not been released as of yet.