There’s no one-size-fits-all IoT data plan, making it difficult to know what to expect when you’re preparing to launch a new IoT solution. In this post, we share how to choose an IoT data plan and what considerations to consider when evaluating connectivity providers, so you can have confidence that you’re on the best plan for your business.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical objects, or “things,” embedded with sensors so they can “talk” to other devices and systems in the cloud. IoT data is shared between these sensors to facilitate communication of information such as text, video, audio, etc. The data is transmitted and stored in the cloud and can be retrieved at any time. For example, IoT data may include temperature readings in a home or the location of a car or a piece of equipment. For cellular IoT devices to do all of this, they require a data plan.
When looking for IoT data plans to support your connected device offerings, one of the most important factors to consider is the provider. The provider you choose for your data plan is as important as the data plan itself since there’s so much variability in pricing and what you get for the price. Here are the criteria to weigh as part of your decision.
While going direct to the carriers is an option, it may not be ideal for many connected device companies. This is true for three reasons:
The big question being asked by every IoT device company is, “How much data do I need?” Several factors go into determining the answer to this question. Zipit helps clients calculate the precise plan (or plans) they need based on their unique situation. The following four factors impact the amount of data usage:
IoT data plans and pricing should be customized to your specific situation. Data usage is variable, so loads will go up and down. Beware of companies offering set prices for set data packages because the pricing can’t be optimized to your situation — these companies may artificially price high because they don’t understand your realistic data usage estimates.
Zipit's IoT connectivity solution is designed to help IoT device companies target the ideal balance of coverage, network reliability, and cost-effectiveness. This platform is backed by a company with a decade of experience in the IoT industry.
Our comprehensive yet easy-to-use platform allows you to securely activate and manage IoT-enabled devices and handle customer service from a single location. Customers can log in to activate devices and manage their subscriptions.
Additionally, our team of IoT experts helps you evaluate all the relevant factors to ensure you choose the best carriers for your customers’ geographic locations and determine how much data you should plan to purchase. Because of our relationships with the various carriers worldwide, we help our clients get the best coverage for an optimal price.
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