How NB-IoT is Being Priced Today

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By Jamie Moss | 3Q 2019 | IN-5527


Differing Schemes: Tiered versus Unlimited


Over the last two and a half years, more than 70 Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) networks have been commercially launched worldwide. By now there should be no mystery to wireless carrier NB-IoT pricing models, but there still is. No one pricing strategy can be seen to be definitive and, at present, all bets are still on. T-Mobile Germany offers a three tier Low-Power Wide Area (LPWA) tariff plan, with a single upfront fee per connection in return for a set amount of data and 250 SMS sent or received. Refills are available for half the price of the initial fee, providing half the initial allowance again. Buyers have 60 months to use the allowance, and as a non-recurring contract may terminate their connection at the end of any month. A one-time premium is charged for each MFF2 form factor Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) ordered, minimum quantities per order are five plug-in SIMs, or 100 embedded SIMs. The plans provide access to T-Mobile’s NB-IoT network in Germany, as well as 2G and 3G networks in 28 European countries for roaming. All ta…

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