With the recently announced AT&T roaming charges for the iPad being so expensive, it was only a matter of time before enterprising European companies found a workaround. TechCrunch is calling Cubic Telecom’s MAXroam Micro SIM card a “must buy” for anyone travelling to, or around, Europe with their iPad. The MAXroam comes preloaded with 50 MB of data, and costs €75 (roughly $95). It can be recharged with 10MB of EU data for €25, or another 50MB of data for €75 . You can pre-order the SIM at www.maxroam.com ahead of its June 1st launch date. The MAXroam will enable you to use the iPad 3G all over Europe without getting stung by AT&T’s steep roaming charges.
TechCrunch reports that Cubic Telecom’s research and development team has been working on developing the MAXroam Micro SIM card for over three months, and the research could pay extra dividends for them as it looks likely that the forthcoming iPhone 4 will also be using Micro SIM cards, although as TechCrunch points out, unlike the iPad, the new iPhones will probably be initially locked into contracts.
By Maura Sutton, iPadForums.net