Do you have an IOT setup and maybe no WiFi – do you want a SIM so you can attach it to a cheap 3G/4G modem – or an old phone (or new phone for that matter) to do nothing but send the odd SMS and/or some data – but not a lot of data, not at stunningly high speed and you want it to last for months or years and paying monthly just isn’t practical?

This is what caught my eye about 1NCE. You buy a SIM with one cheap payment and the data you’ve paid for and SMS messages can be used any time in the next decade? Really?

Well, I just dropped one of these into my phone here in Spain and it just WORKED.

I put the fresh SIM in the phone, I switched on the phone. The SIM was recognised, so next I went into the APN setting and entered iot.1nce.com and a name of 1ONCE – that’s it – end of story.

It’s a fairly short, maybe boring story but – well, the service just WORKS.

That’s all you may need but if you want more – you simply use the password you picked on sign-up and your email address and go off to their WEB portal for info – usage etc. For €10 one-off charge you get 250 SMS messages and 500MB data at up to 1Mbps to use over the lifetime of the SIM (10 years) in any of over 100 countries without any extra charges. Here’s the link – I’m not on commission incidentally.

Please note, sad to say, this offer is apparently for business customers ONLY – you have to have a registered business name to get the SIM(s).