The new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 come with their own Apple SIM cards, theoretically letting you switch carriers whenever you choose. But AT&T isn't completely playing ball.
If you're an avid traveller, you might want to think about picking up a soon-to-go-on-sale Doodad pay-as-you-go SIM card: it offers flat-rate, 3G data, around the world, and will work in any unlocked GSM device. Neat.
Last week we reported that Nokia, Motorola and RIM were squaring up to Apple over a disagreement about the future of nano-SIM cards. Now, Apple is proposing that its patented design could be used for free, by anyone—dependent on one, rather large, condition.
Last year, it became apparent that Apple was planning to introduce a new SIM card, even tinier than the micro SIMs it uses in the iPhone 4S and iPad. But now Apple is trying to push the idea through regulators—and its competitors are having none of it.
So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.
Most GSM phones use regular SIM cards. Which are small. The iPhone 4, iPad and uh, not many other devices use next-gen micro SIM cards. Which are smaller. Apple's just proposed a new SIM standard. Which is smallerer.
Soon digital security firm Gemalto's new MasterCard PayPass SIM card will make NFC payments possible on all GSM phones—whether smart or dumb. It means that you'll be able to use the SIM to manage and make mobile payments and—if it's successful—the SIM could bring the first mass commercial rollout of NFC payments…
Gemalto, with Facebook's help, just made a text-based, on-SIM implementation of basic Facebook functions. The software lets dumbphones do simple Facebook tasks like changing status or posting on walls. Good for developing countries, weird for everywhere else. [The Register]
This transparent iPhone 4 case doesn't exactly look great, but it comes with a clever feature: A dual-SIM adapter. It means that you can keep two SIM cards attached to your iPhone and toggle between them using a menu setting.
We've been getting trouble reports from users about their iPhone 4, especially around the antenna reception/dropped calls issue. There are smaller factory defects as well, and thankfully they're not as widespread, which means you can exchange your phone.
Yesterday, Nokia had zero dual-SIM card phones. Today? Two. The C1-00 and C2 are both low-end candybars that won't offer media-hungry people the phone they were looking for—but they will suit travelers or cheating spouses.
We've shown you how to turn a regular SIM into a Micro SIM, but what if you want to do things the other way around? Here's how to turn a Micro SIM into a regular-sized SIM card.
MAXroam's iPad-friendly microSIM will let you take your coffee-shop wankery from Starbucks to streetside cafes in Milan. Their microSIMs cost an extravagant €75/$95 for 50MB of data, but at least you'll be able to tweet smugly from your iPad, right?
The iPad 3G may require a micro SIM—a lilliputian SIM card incompatible with anything else you own—but AT&T will be selling each bundled with a full SIM card adapter—meaning you could potentially use your data plan elsewhere. UPDATE:
This magic SIM card from SK Telecom is a long way off from being commercially viable. But so help me, when someone stuffs this much information into a single SIM, I'm going to stand up and take notice.
First, the Eye-Fi added Wi-Fi to any camera with an SD card. Now, the Sagem Orga SIMFi does something similar. It's a SIM card that adds Wi-Fi capabilities to cellphones...Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, that is.