[Ovmsdev] OVMS v3 Design Outline

Mark Webb-Johnson mark at webb-johnson.net
Sat Nov 5 10:56:21 HKT 2016


In most markets, a pay-as-you-go SIM will be cheaper for larger data capacities. Just more of a hassle to setup - particularly for novice users. That netzclub sim is a hell of an offer for OVMS users - I wonder when they will realise that this might be used by IoT devices?

The plan is to swallow the (minimal) cost and just include a Hologram SIM in new modules, for easy and simple activation. The SIMs are provided unactivated and can sit like that for years without being used. Once they are activated, then the US$0.40/month parking fee would start.

If the Hologram.IO SIM is never used, that is fine. We’ll continue to support any SIM that the user wants to use - as before just need to put in the APN details.

Regards, Mark.

> On 4 Nov 2016, at 10:55 PM, Michael Balzer <dexter at expeedo.de> wrote:
> A note:
>> a) Simple SIM that we can add to every OVMS module going out the door.
>> b) Global activation (they use two zones, with most of the world where
>> OVMS is in the cheapest zone 1).
>> c) Zone 1 pricing of about US$0.40/month basic upkeep, plus US$0.60 -
>> US$1.00 per MB of data. Zone 2 perhaps 20%+ more expensive. A 3MB zone
>> 1 plan is around US$2/month all in (US$3/month in zone 2).
> It's definitely good being able to ship modules with preconfigured
> network connectivity, as doing the config is a major problem for many
> new users.
> But as the Twizy sends more telemetry, I'm now in the typical range of
> 15-20 MB / month.
> My current SIM costs 2 € / month and includes 100 MB data, SMS at 0.09
> €, so the Hologram offer is way more expensive.
> And many german users now even switch to completely free SIMs, that are
> paid (sponsored) by advertising (occasional SMS). For example the
> "Netzclub" SIM is 0 € / month including 100 MB data volume as well:
> https://www.netzclub.net/sponsored-surf-basic/
> There are more offers like this in germany, so the included Hologram SIM
> should definitely be optional.
> Regards,
> Michael
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