Purism Launches SIMple Plus for Data Privacy

For those looking for a privacy-focused cellular service in the United States, Purism has launched another option in its suite of privacy-first cellular plans. With other big telecom providers, phone data does not stay private; it’s collected, linked with a person’s identity, and sold to advertisers. With Purism’s cellular services users can get peace of mind and protect their data privacy while on the go.

The newly launched plan, “SIMple Plus”, provides subscribers with 4G high speed internet with a 3 GB monthly data limit and a $59/month price. Additionally, they can send texts globally to over 160 countries at no extra cost. The plan is designed especially for those who are interested in the SIMple plan, but would like a higher data cap.

Founder and CEO of Purism, Todd Weaver elaborates on the need, “Due to the popularity of the Librem AweSIM service, where Personal Identifiable Information (PII) is not shared with any cellular carriers, fully protecting the privacy of the user from big telecom. We have added another pricing tier to maximize coverage of service offerings to the rapidly expanding user base.”

In October 2020, Purism launched AweSIM with unlimited talk, text, and data for $99/month fully unlimited prepaid plan. Subscribers can enjoy video streaming, high-speed 4G/4G-LTE data, Roaming is included at no additional cost within the US, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico.

In March 2022, Purism introduced its most affordable plan, SIMple with 1 GB high speed data, unlimited talk and text for $39 a month. Based on popular demand, SIMple Plus offers data limit to 3 GB, for $59 a month.

Currently, Purism’s prepaid plans are offered to customers in the US. Subscribers can get started on Purism’s cellular plans with a Librem 5 phone or any unlocked GSM phone. AweSIM data plan may be throttled if more than 20GB of data is used in a month. With AweSIM, SIMple and SIMple Plus, users can expect excellent coverage and data protection by default.

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Is that att towers?

Currently, yes.

I have a SIMple plan and my Librem 5 has SIMply just worked with it (see what I did there?). I have been dual wielding an iPhone for my full time job and my Librem 5 for personal use/work, and the Librem 5 with the SIMple plan has worked great. I’m glad to see Purism expanding the available cellular plans to be able to service more users. Hopefully lots of American Librem 5 owners use one of Purism’s plans and that helps Purism financially stabilize.

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I may pull the trigger on this after I get moved in a month. Currently dual wielding two sims as a sort of experiment, but this is much more enticing.

For completeness, here’s the earlier discussion, regarding SIMple: Announcing Librem SIMple: An Affordable Cellular Plan that Protects Your Privacy I dare say that some of the commentary is also relevant here.

For the hypothetical, non-existent tier beyond 3GB and before “unlimited”, I am wondering … is it SIMple DoublePlus (with the highly relevant Nineteen Eighty-Four connotations) or SIMple Plus Plus (for the techo types)? :joy:

Hah! We even discussed internally naming it “SIMpl3” which would open up room for a hypothetical 5GB plan being called “5IMple” plus any other fun we could have with numbers that look like letters, but we decided it would lead to too much confusion.

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