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Order and register your first Twilio SIM

Programmable Wireless SIMs cards come in all sizes to fit into any cellular connected device. The Programmable Wireless section of the Console enables you to manage your account and to order and configure SIMs, whether SIM Starter Packs and/or Multi-Size SIM cards.

In the next 5 minutes you’ll learn about the Twilio SIM, how to get one, and register it to your Twilio Account.

Need a Programmable Wireless SIM?

You order programmable wireless SIMs from the Console. You can order SIM Starter Packs, Multi-Size SIM cards, or Embedded SIM packs.

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What’s the difference between a SIM Starter Pack, a Multi-Size SIM Card and Embedded SIMs?

SIM Starter Pack A SIM Starter Pack contains three multi-size SIM cards (2FF/mini, 3FF/micro, and 4FF/nano) per pack. SIMs in a SIM Starter Pack are not pre-registered to a particular Twilio account and come with registration instructions so that they can be easily shared with other developers on your team.

See I've got a Starter SIM.
Multi-Size SIM Card Pack A multi-size SIM (2FF/mini, 3FF/micro, and 4FF/nano) card is pre-registered to your Twilio account and ready to configure when the order is shipped. The minimum order quantity is 10.

See I've ordered multi-size SIM cards.
Embedded SIM Used for IoT, Embedded SIMs are solderable SIMs, pre-registered to a particular Twilio account and ready to configure when the order is shipped.

For information about using Embedded SIMs, contact Twilio sales.

I’ve got a Starter SIM

Register a SIM to your account in less than 30 seconds using the SIM registration workflow.

Step 1. Enter the Registration Code

The registration code is the unique alphanumeric code written above the barcode on the back of a Programmable Wireless SIM.

  1. Select SIMs from the Programmable Wireless menu.
  2. Click the red + button and select Register a SIM.
  3. Enter the SIM’s registration code.
  4. Accept the Programmable Wireless Terms and Conditions to continue.
  5. Click the Register SIM Card button.

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Step 2. Choose a Unique Name

The unique name is a convenient way to identify your SIM through the REST APIs and in the Console.

  1. Enter a unique name
  2. Click Next: Add a Rate Plan

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Step 3. Create or choose a Rate Plan

A Rate Plan describes the capabilities and restrictions of each SIM associated with the plan.

You can create a Rate Plan or select from an existing Rate Plan on your account. If you don't have any Rate Plans on your account yet, you can create one now.

  1. Click the red + button to open the Create a Rate Plan wizard.
  2. Make selections accordingly.

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Detailed information about Rate Plans is available in Understanding Rate Plans.

The Rate Plan is now set.

  • When completed, click Continue.

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Step 4. Activate

You need only activate the SIM to complete the registration.

  • Click Activate Now

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Your SIM is now able to register to the cellular network. The next step is to configure your phone’s APN. See APN configuration for details.

I've ordered Multi-Size SIM Cards (not a Starter Pack)

SIM cards ordered as Multi-Size SIM Cards' are pre-registered to the account that placed the order. The only necessary step is to configure the SIMs since the registration flow above has already been performed on your behalf.

Set SIM Attributes

  1. Navigate to the SIMs section of the Console
  2. Click on any SIM that you wish to configure
  3. Enter a name in the Unique Name input field
  4. Click the red + button to the right of the Rate Plan input field
  5. Follow the steps in the Understanding Rate Plans guide to create a Rate Plan
  6. Click Save Changes

My SIM’s registered. What’s next?

You’re moments away from the onramp to the information superhighway. First, you’ll need to configure your device’s APN to connect to the cellular network. See APN configuration for details.

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