Sim7000 sim card compatibility

Hi, I am testing simcom modules to connect to the internet (and gps) with a RPi (to log data and send it to a remote server). I have it working with a simcom5320 but the data transfers are pretty slow.

I’m checking LTE compatible modules to get more bandwidth and can see that the sim7000 is compatible with LTE Cat-M1 and NB IoT. Will this require a special sim card or would a regular LTE sim card work? (providing the bands match with the carrier’s)

My understanding of the tech was that:

  • The SIMs were the same
  • The IOT focused design prioritises battery life and not speed. As such you only get a max of around 375 kb/s.



Hi Marcus, I’m also testing the 7600 which should be full speed 4g.

I did see that limitation (375kbps), but thats a lot more than I’m getting from the 5320 on 3g.


I received a SIM7000C today and this is the result vs the 7600E:

Their bands are similar
– LTE-FDD B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20
– LTE-TDD B38/B40/B41

– FDD-LTE B1/B3/B5/B8

…and compatible with the ones the carriers use un Australia:
Australia is currently using these LTE bands:
2100MHz (B1) – Telstra (a handful of sites), Optus, Vodafone
1800MHz (B3) – Telstra, Optus, Vodafone
850MHz (B5) – Vodafone
2600MHz (B7) – Telstra, Optus
900MHz (B8) – Telstra (a handful of sites, utilises spectrum previously used by 2G)
700MHz (B28) – Telstra, Optus
2300MHz (B40) – Optus

Also they’re both SIMCOM, only difference is:
SIM7600E is LTE CAT 4
SIM7000C is LTE CAT M1(eMTC) and NBI-oT

So I wonder if I’m missing a step?

Otherwise my question about a dedicated SIM card for LTE CAT M1(eMTC) and NBI-oT being needed comes to mind again.

Has anyone connected to the LTE network successfully with a regular SIM card using a SIM7000?