Apple SIM, the SIM card for iPad that allows users to switch carriers when necessary, has made its way to Japan more than a year after its official debut thanks to a new partnership with local company KDDI, which owns the “au” operator.
Apple confirmed Apple SIM’s expansion on its website, adding au to the list of partners that also includes AT&T, EE, Sprint, T-Mobile, and GigSky. Those in Japan can now pick up an Apple SIM card at KDDI stores throughout the country, AppleInsider reports.
Apple SIM gives iPad users the flexibility to choose a carrier to suit them, and then pay for data with long- or short-term plans. Users can also purchased fixed amounts of data from GigSky for use in more than 90 countries and territories around the world.
This means that if you travel with your iPad, you can switch to a local carrier when necessary and sign up to use data while you’re abroad. You can then switch back to your original carrier plan when you return home, without having to physically swap your iPad’s SIM card.
Apple SIM is currently available with iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro. You need a Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and you can find out more on Apple’s website via the source link below.