It has been revealed that Microsoft is testing an app for users of Windows 10 that is designed to allow access to mobile data.
By using the app, Windows 10 users will be able to connect to different operators, allowing them to access mobile internet services, regardless of whether they have a contract with the provider, which suggests that Microsoft is developing its own SIM card. The mobile data app, which has been seen in the company’s Windows Store, costs nothing to download.
According to the description of the app, it can connect the user to a “trusted national mobile data network”, with a short-term mobile data plan also available. Mobile coverage is required, as is a Microsoft SIM.
The description also states that international roaming services are planned and the app will only work with Windows 10 devices. There has been no official announcement from Microsoft about its plans for these services; however, it would appear that the company is planning to become a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE). This is supported by the news that MVNE Transatel, one of the leading MVNE services, has been retained by Microsoft to provide support for a new data service.
Microsoft’s Corporate Vice-President, Eric Lockard, said the company is aiming to promote the use of cellular connectivity on tablets and laptops running Windows 10 to work alongside Wi-Fi, which will provide access to the internet at any time.
The new service will offer pre-paid data plans that can be purchased at a click of a button.