FreedomPop’s new SIM gives you unlimited WhatsApp usage, 200MB data and more

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2016

FreedomPop today announced a new SIM aimed at fans of the popular messaging app WhatsApp. The new SIM gives you unlimited WhatsApp usage in the United States and more than thirty countries worldwide, plus 200 megabytes of additional cellular data and 100 voice minutes. You can also earn additional free data every month by adding friends and completing partner offers. Read More

 

Leak: claimed iPhone 7 chassis, SIM tray and mute button in Space Black

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2016

It’s still unclear if Apple’s rumored new iPhone 7 colorway will be a dark blue variant, as first suggested by Japanese blog Mac Otakara, or an Apple Watch-like Space Black. Today, Carrier China Unicom published an iPhone 7 teaser image on Facebook indicating Deep Blue colorway but now a more credible source has come forward with shots of claimed iPhone 7 components in a hue which appears markedly darker than Space Gray. Read More

 

Apple SIM expands to 140+ countries via GigSky

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 21, 2016

GigSky, a mobile technology company offering a global mobile data service and an important Apple SIM partner, announced on Tuesday a major service expansion making the Apple SIM available this summer in more than 140 countries worldwide, up from more than 90 countries and territories.

The company will offer cellular data plans for iPad travelers with the Apple SIM in any supported country. For details on enhanced coverage and pricing, check out the GigSky website. Read More

 

CoySIM lets jailbreakers get rid of annoying No SIM alerts on iPhone

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 10, 2016

If you have more than one iPhone sitting around because one is your older handset and the other is your daily driver, then chances are your older iPhone no longer has service and may or may not still have its SIM card inside of it.

CoySIM is a new free jailbreak tweak that makes it so your iPhone won’t constantly pester you with alerts and Status Bar indicators all because you don’t have a SIM card installed in it.

We’ll show you how the tweak works in this review. Read More

 

5 alternatives to a SIM eject tool for easy SIM removal

By Anthony Bouchard on Jun 2, 2016

SIM eject tools are really useful for getting SIM cards out of iPhones and iPads, and honestly, I would recommend everyone who owns one of these devices carry at least one of them at all times, whether in your wallet or on a key ring.

Of course, there are always those times when you’re out and about and you don’t have a SIM eject tool on your person when you really need one. So what alternatives can you use instead?

In this piece, we’ll talk about five alternatives to a SIM eject tool that you can use to get the SIM card out of your iPhone or iPad. Read More

 

Tim Cook reaffirms Apple has no desire to become a MVNO carrier

By Christian Zibreg on May 24, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook was interviewed at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today by retired European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, Nellie Kroes.

Asked if Apple would consider launching its own telecommunications service to cut off carriers, Cook responded by ruling out an Apple MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator).

Cook said his company lacks the expertise to do so and reiterated that Apple is in fact quite content with the things carriers do. Read More

 

Can’t activate your iPhone? Here’s why and how to fix it

By Anthony Bouchard on Apr 18, 2016

It would be really nice if every single time you went to activate your new or restored iPhone, everything worked without any flaws, but that’s just not how man-made things work.

If you are having issues activating your iPhone after buying a new one, or after restoring your device in iTunes, we have some troubleshooting ideas that you can put to the test to solve the problem once and for all. Read More

 

Cellular edition of Apple’s new 9.7″ iPad Pro has an integrated, non-removable Apple SIM

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 22, 2016

Tucked away on the iPad Pro Tech Specs webpage is an interesting tidbit about Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro model. If you’re in the market for that device and are contemplating buying a Wi-Fi + Cellular edition (Model A1674), know that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro ships with an integrated, non-removable Apple SIM.

This is the first time an Apple device has embedded the Apple SIM since its debut. The Apple SIM started shipping in October 2014 with the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 and was added last fall to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Read More

 

How to find your iPhone IMEI number

By Anthony Bouchard on Jan 8, 2016

There are many scenarios where you will need your iPhone’s IMEI number. One of the most common is when you want to purchase a third-party carrier unlock so that you can use your iPhone with another carrier other than the one it’s programmed to work with from the factory. In this tutorial, we’ll show you three different ways that you can find your IMEI number with ease. Read More

 

Apple working with cell providers on e-SIM cards

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2015

The wireless industry’s biggest fear—that mobile customers could one day switch service on a whim without changing their SIM card—is coming true. Following years of opposition to technologies that would allow people to easily change carrier on the fly, the likes of Apple, Samsung and others are now working with the mobile standards organization GSMA on electronic SIM cards for consumer devices.

The Financial Times newspaper reported Thursday that Apple and Samsung are “in advanced talks” with mobile telecom groups on a standardized embedded SIM card for consumer devices, the so-called e-SIM. Read More

 

GigSky brings affordable mobile data at local rates with Apple SIM to 90 countries

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2015

The versatile Apple SIM is coming to more than 90 countries and territories around the world, including much of Europe, offering roaming users affordable cellular data plans and the convenience of changing carrier on their cellular iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3.

The latest expansions is the result of a partnership Apple signed with GigSky, a company that provides access to a local prepaid data service in markets around the world, at local rates. Read More

 

New iPhone 6 parts reveal larger speaker, embedded Apple logo and redesigned vibrator

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2014

A flurry of photographs of the allegedly leaked iPhone 6 parts published Thursday morning by French blog NowhereElse.fr hint at several design choices Apple engineers took in order to make the device more sleeker and thinner than its predecessor.

Internal and external components like SIM trays, the Apple logo, Home buttons, the internal speaker and vibrator motor all appear to be differently designed and engineered than the comparable parts found in the iPhone 5s.

The leaked parts suggest that the next iPhone will be offered in the same silver, gray and gold colorways as the iPhone 5s while featuring an improved vibrator, the embedded logo on the back and possibly an enhanced sound system. Read More

 

Leaked SIM card tray indicates iPhone 6 will be available in Space Grey, Silver and Gold

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 8, 2014

If a claimed iPhone 6 SIM card tray is anything to go by, Apple’s upcoming handset(s) will be offered in Space Grey, Silver and Gold finishes, just like the current iPhone 5s lineup. Sources on Tuesday posted new images that seemingly depict claimed iPhone 6 SIM card trays in three color options as well as purported power and volume flex cables.

For what it’s worth, the layout of the power/volume flex cables matches up nicely with previous reports and leaks suggesting the sleep/wake button will be relocated to the side in order to make it easier to wake a 4.7 and 5.5-inch handset from sleep with one hand… Read More

 

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

 

Alleged golden and gray iPhone 5S Nano SIM trays

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 22, 2013

Apple’s iPhone 5 is now almost seven months old so fans are expectedly setting their sights on a next-gen model, the iPhone 5S. And as we’re heading toward summer, new evidence indicates Apple is now lining up its Asian suppliers to source parts ahead of the actual manufacturing phase.

This could explain why we’re increasingly seeing supposedly genuine parts cropping up all over Asia, such as this Home buttons and vibrator motors. Today’s leak by Japanese parts shop Moumantai is thought to represent a SIM tray for the iPhone 5S.

It’s exactly the same in shape and size to the Nano SIM trays used on the current iPhone 5, with one exception: the leaked ones are in gray and gold colors. This matches up nicely with reports of a colorized iPhone 5S, mostly sourced from analyst reports and supply chain people… 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

 

One of the first Nano SIM card cutters surface for the iPhone 5

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2012

Skeptical about trying to create your own Nano SIM without a SIM cutter? Would you like a more structured way of creating a Nano SIM from a larger SIM spec?

The folks over at YoYoBase claim to have the solution, with one of the first available iPhone 5 SIM card cutters. 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

 
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