Agreed, the MFF SIM makes for more reliable hardware. But surface-mount assembly is permanent. When you buy the SIM from one particular network operator, like Deutsche Telekom, you are locked in.
In theory, it should be possible to buy a 'blank' SIM, embed it in your device, and then program it with the network access credentials for any Mobile Network Operator. But as usual, commercial paranoia means that this will probably never be allowed.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.