Every BGAN terminal is activated by a BGAN SIM card that slides into a provided slot on any BGAN terminal. Like the SIM card of a cell phone, it is the card itself that holds the account information and not the BGAN terminal. BGAN SIM cards are included at no additional cost when a BGAN terminal is ordered. You may purchase "blank" or "uncommissioned" BGAN SIM cards from Ground Control for $5 each (with free International shipping) and hold that SIM card to activate anytime in the future. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask us to ship you some BGAN SIMs.
FOREVER SIMs: All BGAN SIM cards from Ground Control can be used at Any time in the future... even after the current plan on the SIM has expired. Ground Control can always reactivate that SIM card to any of the plans we offer, even if the plans differ from plans purchased before.
BGAN SIM cards allow a BGAN terminal to connect to the Internet (via Inmarsat).
When you purchase your BGAN equipment and service from Ground Control, we activate your SIM card to your chosen plan, install it, and then confirm it can connects to the Internet when pointed, as well as confirming the phone service works. When you receive your BGAN terminal, it is ready to use out of the box.
Simply insert the SIM card into your BGAN terminal, and turn it on... it's that simple. There is more than one kind of BGAN service (Standard BGAN, BGAN Voucher, BGAN Link, BGAN M2M) and each have their own unique SIM cards.
It is possible to swap SIM cards with any BGAN terminal at any time. This is helpful for keeping accounts separate or for having a backup card in case service suspends for going over limits, or reaching the end of the subscription plan. Swapping SIM cards is as easy as inserting the card into the terminal and turning it back on.
There are BGAN SIM cards that may be pooled under one account, meaning that a single pool of available Megabytes may be used by all SCAP SIM cards connected to it. This is an excellent cost savings tool for organizations that have multiple BGAN terminals. SCAP works because active users may use available Megabytes that are not used by less active users, as opposed to each user having their own individual BGAN account. SCAP accounts also have extra management benefits like placing limits on individual cards. More on BGAN SCAP Accounts.
All BGAN SIM cards start off as dynamic, which means their assigned IP address changes each time they connect to the BGAN network. However, a BGAN SIM card may have a Static/Public IP address where the assigned IP address is permanent and unchanging. This is useful for VPNs and other applications that rely on Public IP addressing. The general rule is if you do not know what a static IP address is, then you most likely do not need one. More information on BGAN Static IP Addresses
With Ground Control, you can add funds to your existing BGAN SIM card by calling us, or by using our online BGAN Refill Form. Simply select an amount, and enter in your 18 digit BGAN SIM card number, and provide your credit card number or PayPal account. Your funds will be added in one business day.
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