A little background on the BlackVue SIM card
Despite the fact that BlackVue has made advances to ease the mobile pairing and dash cam registration processes, they still wanted to make connecting its cameras to the Cloud even simpler for its users.
While tech-savvy car owners may not mind searching for and selecting a data SIM card or configuring a mobile hotspot in their vehicle, some may find the process as a challenge. Thus, they introduced the new BlackVue SIM Card.
The BlackVue SIM Card, which uses Telenor's global network, enables owners of BlackVue's latest dash cams with built-in LTE like the DR970X-2CH LTE and the DR770X-2CH LTE to easily connect their model to the Cloud right out of the box.
Upon installation, the BlackVue SIM card activates automatically in the dash cam. It also includes a 1GB one-month free trial and supports B2, B4, and B12 Band networks.
If you don’t have a BlackVue SIM card but have a BlackVue LTE dash cam like the DR750X-2CH LTE, DR770X-2CH LTE, or the DR970X-2CH LTE, the connection method will just be the same for third-party sim cards.
Note: LTE devices are compatible with data-only third-party SIM cards from: T-Mobile, Bell, Rogers and Telus. For more specifics on what to look for when choosing a third party card, check out our guide here.
Also, if you are using a non-LTE BlackVue dash cam, you can use the external CM100G LTE module that we will also dive deeper into later on. Ready to use your BlackVue or compatible third-party SIM? Here’s how to use in connecting to the Cloud:
- From the camera’s new profile you’ll see a bar beneath it that states “Cloud connection step ½”. Give that a press, and allow the app the GPS permissions it needs for registration.
- On the next screen, the app will ask you to select a Cloud connection method. The top SIM card option is for whether you’re using a CM100G LTE module or an LTE dash cam. The other option is Wi-Fi hotspot, which should be used to pair the camera to any form of Wi-Fi in or around the vehicle.
- For the LTE option, you’ll need either a BlackVue branded SIM card that comes included with new models, or a third-party SIM card. Again, the BlackVue SIM card is the easier option with plans available through BlackVue directly. The following registration will be for third party SIM cards.
- For the non LTE dash cams, ensure that the SIM card is inserted into the CM100G LTE module. Use the supplied SIM card eject tool, and carefully remove the SIM card tray.
- Next, place the nano SIM card into the SIM card tray, then carefully place the tray and SIM card back into its slot.
- Next, time to activate your BlackVue SIM Card! In the Cloud Connection menu, select the SIM card option. Here, it will bring you to the Activate SIM card menu. The first field is the Network Carrier field.
- Press the search button on the right side, and search for your network carrier. If your network carrier does not appear, select “other network carrier”.
Note: If the APN field does not fill in automatically, then it must be filled manually. Most APN field information can be provided by your network carrier, or found online, for example, the APN that will work with Telus SIM cards is: “Sp.telus.com”.
- Underneath this, there is a Username and Password option, for North American SIM cards, both of these fields can be left fully blank.
- Finally, connect to the Cloud! Press the done button. After a couple minutes, you should hear “Cloud connected” from the camera, and in the app the Cloud icon next to the camera should turn blue, with the WiFi light on the camera turning yellow.
- Once completed successfully, your BlackVue dash camera will default to the Cloud whenever you press on its camera profile