Over 700 million phones could be vulnerable to SIM card flaw

By Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2013

A German security researcher has discovered a massive vulnerability—one of the first of its kind—in the encryption used by some mobile SIM cards that could potentially allow hackers to remotely take control of their host handsets.

According to a report by The New York Times, the flaw relates to cards using DES (Data Encryption Standard)—an older standard that’s being phased out by a number of manufacturers, but is still used by hundreds of millions of SIMs… Read More


This SIM card-friendly iPhone case is perfect for travelers

By Cody Lee on Feb 18, 2013

Do you travel abroad often? Maybe it’s for business, or pleasure, or both. And if so, do you use the same unlocked iPhone everywhere you go? If you answered yes, to either question, you might want to check out the SIMPLcase.

The SIMPLcase is an ultra-slim iPhone 5 case—3mm in the center, 1mm at the edges—with a couple of cool features. In addition to protecting your phone, it can also store extra SIM cards, has a SIM tray eject tool, and more… Read More


Apple wins key SIM connector patent related to iOS gadgets, Macs – even TVs

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 26, 2012

The United States Patent & Trademark Office on Christmas Day granted Apple a key patent detailing a SIM tray solution for mobile products which incorporates connectors that “may allow SIM cards to be easily removed and replaced”. The invention – which also may be resistant to damage by an improper insertion of a SIM card and may provide reliable mechanical performance – is viewed as a strategically important patent grant “in light of the battle between Nokia and Apple over the design of future miniature SIM cards for mobile devices”, explains the PatentlyApple blog that tracks Apple’s trademark and patent filings… Read More


How to use a Nano SIM in the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 7, 2012

If you just purchased an iPhone 5, then you know first hand how much smaller the new Nano SIM is when compared to the already diminutive Micro SIM it replaces.

But what if you want to use the new Nano SIM in an older phone, like the iPhone 4, or the iPhone 4S? Obviously you can’t just stick it in there.

Your best option is to purchase an adapter that can be cheaply had on Amazon for $1.99. That’s exactly what I did, and here’s the video to prove it. Read More


The Verizon iPhone 5 is GSM unlocked, tested with AT&T

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 21, 2012

I can confirm that the Verizon iPhone 5 is indeed GSM unlocked. Even though I bought an iPhone 5 from Verizon under contract, I was able to cut down my AT&T Micro SIM, and use it in my Verizon iPhone 5 to pick up an AT&T signal. By doing so, I was able to hop onto AT&T’s HPSA+ network, or “4G” as they so ridiculously name it.

AT&T’s so-called 4G speeds are nothing like true LTE speeds, but they are a bit better than typical 3G speeds. But the big news here isn’t about speed. The big news here is that we have confirmed that you can use a Verizon iPhone 5 on AT&T or T-Mobile, freely, even if you’re a brand new customer under contract. Read More


How I converted my Micro SIM into a Nano SIM

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 14, 2012

Before I get this party started, I just want to say that no, I don’t have an iPhone 5 to absolutely guarantee it’ll work in the device, but all that’s really involved is some pretty basic math.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how I cut and shaved my Micro SIM down to Nano SIM sized specifications. It’s not a 100% 1:1 ratio, but the size is very comparable to what you will find in an official Nano SIM. For that reason I’m feeling pretty confident that it will work with my iPhone 5 next Friday.

Take a look inside for the step-by-step video walkthrough that shows how I converted my Micro SIM card to a Nano sized SIM card. Read More


Vodafone too has Nano SIMs in stock ahead of tomorrow’s iPhone 5 launch

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 11, 2012

Right on time, Vodafone in Germany appears to be stockpiling the new 40 percent smaller Nano SIM cards, a German publication reveals. The carrier is one of Apple’s major iPhone distributors throughout Europe and in the United States, where UK’s multinational mobile network operator has a joint venture with the US telco Verizon Communications, called Verizon Wireless (Vodafone has a 45 percent ownership of the joint venture). Apple’s next iPhone is expected to file as the first phone to feature the recently ratified Nano SIM standard which allows for the creation of thinner and smaller mobile devices… Read More


Video comparison of the iPhone 5 Nano SIM tray and buttons to the iPhone 4S

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 15, 2012

You’ve by now seen gorgeous iPhone 5 renders based on a bunch of parts (that continue to leak out of Asia like there’s no tomorrow), like a miniaturized Nano SIM tray and a slightly smaller home button.

Repair firm SmartPhone Medic took it all together and created a video that aims to compare the new Nano SIM tray to the Micro SIM standard found on the iPhone 4/4S.

It also puts other purported parts in direct comparison to their iPhone 4S counterparts, namely the volume buttons, the mute switch and the sleep/wake button… Read More


Is this a Nano SIM tray for the next iPhone?

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 6, 2012

Hot on the heels of recent news that European carriers were stocking up on a 40 percent smaller Nano SIMs as they got to test the new SIM card standard extensively ahead of the next iPhone’s release in September, a French blog this morning posted a series of image depicting a purported Nano SIM tray for the iPhone 5. Also leaked, a slightly reworked and a bit smaller home button thought to be making an appearance on the next iPhone. More pics right after the break… Read More


Carriers reportedly testing Nano SIM cards in partnership with Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2012

We told you earlier in the week that European wireless carriers were stockpiling Nano SIM cards in the hope that the next iPhone will incorporate the newly ratified technology which enables thinner devices due to a 40 percent smaller footprint versus the Micro SIM standard.

As you know, Apple’s Nano SIM proposal was chosen last month by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute as the industry standard, following weeks of bickering between Apple on one side and Nokia, Motorola and Research In Motion on the other.

A new report from this morning has it that Apple is supplying its carrier partners with Nano SIM adapters so they could test Nano SIMs on existing devices before the next iPhone arrives in OctoberRead More


European carriers stocking up on nano-SIMs ahead of new iPhone launch

By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2012

Last month, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (or ETSI) gave Apple’s nano-SIM card proposal the green light. The new card offers the same functionality as current SIM cards, but take up significantly less space.

According to a new report this afternoon, European carriers are expecting Apple to utilize the new card in its upcoming smartphone. And they’ve already begun stocking up on nano-SIMs in anticipation of an early fall release… Read More


Apple’s 40 percent smaller Nano SIM proposal gets a go-ahead

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2012

Following an amusing public back and forth between Apple on one side and Research In Motion, Motorola and Nokia on the other, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) this morning decided to officially back Apple’s proposal for an upcoming miniaturized SIM card standard that provides for a thinner, smaller mobile devices… Read More


Motorola and RIM submit a Nano SIM compromise

By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2012

Earlier this month, we showed you Apple’s revised Nano SIM proposal the company submitted ahead of the final vote tally. The solution adds a small amount of plastic around the edges of the electrical contacts, making the upcoming tiny SIM card just long enough so that it can’t be forced lengthwise into an incompatible socket.

As you know, Research and Motion, Motorola and Nokia are pushing for their own variant. Both RIM and Motorola just submitted a Nano SIM compromise which borrows about 80 percent design solutions from Apple… Read More


Apple’s modified Nano SIM gets a showing off ahead of the final vote

By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2012

An Apple-proposed variant of the upcoming Nano SIM card standard is being shown off at the International CTIA Wireless show. Apple modified the design around Nokia’s concerns and ahead of the final vote tally, which is mere days away. Voting for members of The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) began last month and wraps up in mid-May.

According to SIM card maker Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), the revised variant is being “driven by a supplier”, in this case Apple. So, how has Apple changed the original design to counter Nokia’s concerns? With a slight ‘how come I didn’t think of it’ tweak, that’s how… Read More


Straight Talk: the silent iPhone partner

By Cody Lee on May 3, 2012

Carrier options for US iPhone customers have dramatically multiplied over the past two years. The handset, which was once only available from AT&T, is now offered on nine wireless providers across the country.

Actually, 10 carriers if you count Straight Talk. You may or may not know this, but the nationwide prepaid provider is compatible with the GSM iPhone. You don’t even need to unlock your handset to switch to it… Read More


Apple’s SIM connector patent explained and why it matters for Nano SIM

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 6, 2012

As Apple fights rivals Nokia, Motorola and Research In Motion for the upcoming Nano SIM card standard, a new patent filing indicates the company is thinking beyond smartphones. The iPhone maker already holds an important Nano SIM patent and now we’ve learned they’re researching a universal SIM card connector solution.

Yes, it would require a “drawer” and devices would need to be engineered with this in mind, but the benefits offset engineering hassles. Apple’s SIM card connector solution could let you transfer a SIM card from one device to another. Plus, it is reliable and resistant to damage by an improper insertion of a SIM card.

It even works with Integrated Circuit Card found in credit cards, broadening potential uses to e-commerce applications. And if this patent filing is an indication, Apple’s universal SIM connector could be coming to a MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple television near you… Read More


RIM accuses Apple of dirty tricks as ETSI postpones vote on Nano SIM

By Oliver Haslam on Mar 30, 2012

Apple’s push for a new SIM card standard dubbed Nano SIM is in troubled waters as BlackBerry maker Research in Motion has sent a letter out suggesting that foul play may be afoot. Meanwhile, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has postponed vote on Nano SIM due to a dispute between Apple and Nokia over Nano SIM patents.

RIM’s letter claims Apple’s own personnel register themselves as working for the competition in order to try and rig a vote that will decide the outcome of a bid to make the Nano SIM a new standard.

The Canadian firm believes that members of Apple’s team have registered to vote claiming to work for Bell Mobility, SK Telekom and KT Corp. If true, Apple may have some answering to do… Read More


Nokia threatens not to license essential patents if Apple “imposes” its Nano SIM variant

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2012

Handset maker Nokia is increasing pressure on Apple ahead of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s (ETSI) ruling on the emerging SIM card standard, due later this week. The latest in the ongoing power struggle includes Nokia issuing another statement accusing Apple for bending unwritten rules and misusing the standardization process “to rubber stamp its proposal”.

All that jazz for a smaller SIM card standard? Color me skeptical, but I’m questioning Nokia’s motive here. Is the other Nano SIM variant backed by Nokia, Motorola and RIM really so much better than Apple’s, which requires a tray (seen in the above shot)? Read More


Apple granted Nano SIM-related patent that Nokia is “not aware” of

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2012

Once again, the Finnish cell phone giant Nokia is opposing Apple’s proposal for a new requirement related to the emerging Nano SIM card standard, dated back to 2011. According to a rumor yesterday, Apple wants to license its version of the Nano SIM to others royalty-free in exchange for any Nano SIM-related patents held by other companies.

Today, Nokia said in a statement it does not know of any Apple patent related to the iPhone maker’s Nano SIM variant. Essentially, Nokia just slammed Apple’s recent strides aimed at promoting its Nano SIM variant ahead of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s (ETSI) ruling later this week… Read More


If approved, Apple will license its Nano SIM to others royalty-free

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2012

Last week, we told you about two opposing proposals concerning the emerging Nano SIM standard. An Apple-backed solution requires a tray so phones would need to be re-engineered with this in mind. It is largely believed to benefit the ultra-thin design of a sixth-generation iPhone.

The other proposal is led by Nokia and backed by Motorola and RIM. It calls for a Nano SIM variant that doesn’t require a tray and is even smaller than Apple’s. The two camps had tabled their proposals to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and now a report has emerged claiming that Apple’s solution, if approved, will be offered on a royalty-free basis to any industry player… Read More

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