etherSIM compatibility and availability

Hi All,

I heard about EtherSIM yesterday and its free for up to 100 devices, so is this available now to use in Europe ? and is it compatible to use with particle electron?

Many Thanks
Maj

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There are two parts to this. The EtherSIM is available on certain models right now in the Particle online store, with more to come soon. This has additional carriers in many countries, among other features.

However the Free Tier is available on all devices, including those that were previously released, both cellular and Wi-Fi.

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Thanks @rickkas7 , how can i switch to Free Tier? i have around 25 particle electron using particle simcard and i would like to see if possible to use this free option.

thank you

Hi, I think you might have been automatically migrated to this new free tier and you should have received an email from particle with that info. If not, contact them on their support line (open a support ticket).
Best

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That will be great, Thanks @gusgonnet

oh I just remembered, what if you go on your side and hit:
Particle Console | Build your connected product

I think the console/billing section will show you your plan.
cheers

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usage_1

great

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If I’m satisfied with the old Boron internal SIM and it is working in my area, what would be the advantages of moving to the EtherSIM?

Is the upgrade path a physical SIM or can the internal SIM be changed to an EhterSIM?

What will the cost be for an EtherSIM?

As I understand the Free Tier, it works the same with the old SIM and the EtherSIM, correct?

If I’m satisfied with the old Boron internal SIM and it is working in my area, what would be the advantages of moving to the EtherSIM?

In the Boron, the only reason you’d want to upgrade is if you are are in a country where there are additional mobile carriers you want to use. This mostly affects Europe, and has little effect in the United States.

(Technically, if you have a Boron 2G/3G BRN310 you will get AT&T briefly with an EtherSIM, until AT&T shuts off their 3G service, which will be happening soon.)

Is the upgrade path a physical SIM or can the internal SIM be changed to an EhterSIM?

The Boron can upgrade via a 4FF plastic SIM card inserted in the SIM card socket and the SIM switched in software. If you buy a new Boron (BRN314 or BRN414), it has a different SMD MFF2 SIM card on the device itself. There’s no upgrade path for updating old the MFF2 SIM as it’s not reprogrammable and soldered to the device.

What will the cost be for an EtherSIM?

I don’t have the price for the EtherSIM 4FF SIM card, however if you are outside the United States the shipping cost will likely also be a factor.

As I understand the Free Tier, it works the same with the old SIM and the EtherSIM, correct?

Yes, the free tier is supported on both old SIMs and EtherSIMs.

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