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HMD Global offers a new way to get mobile data wherever you are

HMD Connect is a new roaming alternative. (Source: Google Play Store)
HMD Connect is a new roaming alternative. (Source: Google Play Store)
HMD Global has launched a new product, which is for an Android phone rather than being one. Known as "Connect", it distributes data-only SIMs that operate based on a sort of pay-as-you-go model. The user buys data "packages" to use on such a card, which expire after a set number of days.
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HMD Global is best known for the manufacture of Android devices under the brand name Nokia. However, it has now decided to branch out into a new arena, one that is more service-based. It has been set up to sell SIMs that may help a consumer ensure they have internet access wherever they go.

HMD Connect requires that a user order a data-only SIM card. This costs €19.95 (~US$21.37), and also includes 1GB worth of data access (which, in 2020, seems a little restrictive). The customer's next gigabyte thereafter will cost €14.95 ($16.01). This data is bought in "packages", which are only valid for 14 days from the start of their use. However, the size of each package may be subject to one's location on Earth.

This new HMD Global initiative may be helpful to those who (normally) travel a lot and have difficulty finding connectivity that is not public or potentially insecure. On that note, the company asserts that all data sent through Connect is "anonymous and more safe [sic]", suggesting that a VPN of some sort is in effect.

Then again, there could be some drawbacks to this new service. Should a user run out of data on their current package, they can restore it to its original size for an extra €5 ($5.36); however, this does not reset the "timer" in effect for the original package purchased.

In addition, it is less than essential for all travellers: for example, all EU users have the right to use their own pre-existing call, text and data plans as they move from nation to nation within the bloc (well, in theory at least).

However, time will tell if HMD succeeds with this new line of business (although it could have timed its release better). To date, Connect is available in over 120 countries and is controlled using an app available on the Google Play Store.

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 5132 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-03-21 (Update: 2020-03-21)