- HMD Connect is a new SIM card service for global roaming.
- The HMD Connect kit comes at a cost of EUR 19.95.
- It will also be available in India.
HMD Connect is a new product from HMD Global that was announced alongside Nokia 8.3 5G, Nokia 5.3, Nokia 1.3, and the Nokia 5310. It is not another smartphone but a technology that will enhance the smartphone experience. HMD Connect is a SIM card that enables low-cost international roaming on smartphones. The SIM card is preloaded with a data plan that works in as many as 120 countries. The HMD Connect will launch in beta initially via the HMDConnect.com website. The HMD Connect kit costs EUR 19.95 (roughly Rs 1,600) -- and EUR 10 extra on every add-on SIM cards. The cost covers the bundle and the SIM card.
The cost of the HMD Connect bundle is EUR 9.95, which is roughly Rs 805, which is the same for all the countries. That said, the benefits under the plan vary from zone to zone. HMD Connect has demarcated the countries into three zones:
The Zone 1 covers Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Colombia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Guatemala, Guadeloupe, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Iceland, Ireland, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Malta, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Slovakia, Singapore, Sweden, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United States, and the United Kingdom.
The benefit for these countries is 1GB data for EUR 9.95.
The Zone 2 includes Armenia, Albania, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Canada, Congo, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Dominica, Ecuador, Fiji, Guinea, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iran, Indonesia, India, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Moldova, Macao, Montenegro, Niger, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Panama, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Russia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, Serbia, Swaziland, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam.
Users in these countries get 500MB data for EUR 9.95.
Finally, the countries in the Zone 3 are Aruba, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Belize, Bolivia, Benin, Brazil, Cuba, Chad, Chile, Congo - the Democratic Republic of the, China, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Egypt, El Salvador, French Polynesia, Faroe Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Gambia, Georgia, Greenland, Gabon, Haiti, Jamaica, Korea, Kenya, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Morocco, Monaco, Montserrat, Mozambique, Mauritius, Mali, Malawi, Madagascar, Pakistan, Peru, Qatar, Suriname, Seychelles, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tonga, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Ukraine, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands.
HMD Connect will get users 250MB for EUR 9.95 in the aforementioned countries.
The data benefit in each bundle is valid for 14 days and needs a pay-as-you-go renewal for an additional EUR 5 if the user plans on staying longer in a foreign country. This means that the EUR 5 upgrades will not extend the 14-day validity period on the user's account. The bundles and the upgrades can be bought from the HMD Connect app that is now available on the Google Play store. This app will also help the user set up the SIM card and manage bundles when roaming internationally.
The HMD Connect kit start shipping March 30 and takes about 2-7 business days to reach the buyer. The kit costs EUR 19.95, as we said, but the local pricing is expected to be announced soon.