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Lets Start with a Key Question:

Do I Need To Buy M2M SIM Cards or IoT SIM Cards?

So, what are the functionalities that you get when you buy M2M SIMs? Or IoT SIMs for that matter – they’re both the same remember… Well, M2M is basically connections between machines on a broader level. The name describes the technology and network devices required for machines to ‘talk’ to each other, to act on information and perform actions automatically – allowing humans to reduce their own burden of work.

M2M and IoT are quite similar as we’ve said above – so when you buy M2M SIMs or IoT SIMs you’re going to get something that is basically the same out of the box – not to mention something that looks like the SIM in your phone too. However, M2M and IoT solutions are really quite different at the system and architecture levels and the types of solutions that they’re suited for.

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Where do M2M SIM Cards Work Best?

M2M SIM Cards – The Pros

If you need a solution that can provide machine to machine connections and communication within a closed system or network of some sort – say within a business or similar facility – the decision to buy M2M SIMs (or more accurately, to go with an M2M solution) is probably the right one. However, if your solution calls for making use of the wider internet at large and the cloud, an IoT setup would be more suited to this task.

Where might M2M SIM Cards be less suitable?

M2M SIM Cards – The Cons

Why is this? Because the internet and the cloud is where the IoT does all of its talking, so if you’re looking to access those venues, you’re going to need to set up a SIM to facilitate different types of technologies being connected over the Internet. If you don’t need that functionality, then you can buy M2M SIMs and move forward with one task less on your to-do list – as the storage processing in M2M solutions normally happens within the local network or on the premises, rather than over the internet.

For Projects Where Efficiency is Important:

M2M Offers Flexibility With Frugality

M2M solutions are often used for data exchange, consumer services and the like, and come with some unique selling points and advantages that you won’t get with an IoT solution. Likewise, IoT solutions have their own set of performance advantages over M2M solutions, and identifying how you want your solution to do what it does is another important factor when asking yourself if an IoT solution or an M2M approach is the best approach.

If you choose to buy M2M SIMs the advantages that you’re getting include a lower demand for power, the ability to schedule data transfer and apply permissions to that transfer, and communication and packet switching capabilities via Bluetooth.

On the Other Hand...

For Speed and Devices On the Move, it's IoT

With an M2M solution data transfer may take a long time, and – as the name implies – M2M solutions were originally conceived to allow communication between larger static pieces of equipment that don’t really move around. So if you’re looking for solutions with fast data transfer and/or high mobility, the decision to buy M2M SIMs (or to put it more accurately, opt for an M2M solution) may be the wrong one. For these functionalities and traits, IoT solutions are likely a better choice.

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Luner's Final Word on M2M vs. IoT

In Concluson:

Despite all of the buzz you hear today about the IoT, M2M is a very important technology within the IoT sphere. It is the base from which IoT tech has evolved – but despite having helped to spawn a whole new genre of connected devices and technology, there are still all kinds of situations in the modern world where you need an M2M solution over an IoT one…

Thankfully though, when you buy M2M SIMs from Luner, you get hardware that’s up to the task, no matter the kind of solution it’s destined for use in. or IoT SIMs, Luner has you covered. We sell SIM cards in each of the three sizes in use today, (Mini, Micro, Nano) so – no matter what SIM card you need, or what you need to put it in – get in touch with the SIM card experts at Luner today!