micro-SIM cards

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Michelle Steiner, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. So much for the hysteria about no one else supporting micro-SIM cards.

    <http://legacy.macnn.com/articles/10/01/29/could.suggest.plans.for.ipad.supp
    ort/>

    International carriers O2 and Orange are placing bulk orders for micro SIM
    cards, a source with connections to Dutch supplier Gemalto claims. Micro
    SIM is a new standard meant to replace traditional SIM cards, which have
    been in use for almost 20 years, and store essential data for a carrier
    connection. The older cards will be gradually phased out as new devices
    supporting micro SIM come in.

    It is not known if the carriers have any products in mind, but the word of
    the orders comes only two days after Apple's announcement of the iPad. The
    tablet is one of the first major devices to use micro SIM cards for 3G
    access, and will likely be supported by O2 and/or Orange by June or July,
    and possibly as soon as April. Wi-Fi-only versions of the iPad are due in
    March. Neither carrier has spoken publicly about potential data plans.

    T-Mobile is also said to have to placed an order in recent times, though
    the company will likely be unable to carry the iPad in the US, as its
    network there uses non-standard 3G bands. As a subsidiary of Deutsche
    Telekom however, it has other networks in Germany, the UK and several more
    European countries.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Jan 29, 2010
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  2. Michelle Steiner

    Larry Guest

    Now we know all iPhone 3G/GS are obsolete and worthless with their obsolete
    SIM cards, and the new 4G will, of course, replace them with a microSIM in
    them.

    right??
     
    Larry, Jan 29, 2010
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  3. Michelle Steiner

    Gary Guest

    They announced at CES that they're parterning with Lok8u to deploy
    wearable locator devices that use micro SIMs. They have the exact same
    contact size as its larger counterparts -- just less plastic and therefore
    smaller reader components to fit in devices. Also, there's no such thing
    as a non-standard 3G band. q.v. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micro-SIM and
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UMTS_frequency_bands

    -Gary
     
    Gary, Jan 29, 2010
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  4. Michelle Steiner

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <> Michelle
    I'm more annoyed that I can't get an iPad and just swap my existing SIMs
    in when appropriate.

    However, it probably won't be long until someone makes a module that
    will allow a micro-SIM to fit in a mini-SIM slot, negating the whole
    issue.
     
    DevilsPGD, Jan 29, 2010
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  5. Now we know all iPhone 3G/GS are obsolete and worthless with their
    obsolete SIM cards,[/QUOTE]

    OK, so you don't know the meaning of "obsolete"; that's no surprise,
    considering how ignorant you've shown yourself to be.
    No, it won't replace them. they'll still exist and will still work, you
    ignorant fool.
     
    Michelle Steiner, Jan 29, 2010
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  6. Michelle Steiner

    Guest Guest

    could be. do you really think micro sims were created *just* for apple
    and *only* for apple?

    how about waiting until the next iphone is announced to start bashing
    it?

    you certainly are busy bashing the ipad, we wouldn't want to take away
    from that.
     
    Guest, Jan 29, 2010
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  7. Michelle Steiner

    Guest Guest

    are you really going to want to swap sims every time you want to use
    one or the other? you'll miss phone calls when using the ipad, or be
    stuck with a small screen when using the iphone. most people are not
    going to want to do that.
    yep.
     
    Guest, Jan 29, 2010
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  8. Michelle Steiner

    Guest Guest

    verizon doesn't use sim cards, nor does sprint. only at&t and t-mobile
    in the usa (and any of the mvnos that piggyback off them).
     
    Guest, Jan 29, 2010
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  9. Michelle Steiner

    Gary Guest

    Gary, Jan 29, 2010
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  10. Michelle Steiner

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <290120101717396645%> nospam
    If I end up with an iPad, it will primarily be a wifi device. If it can
    tether, I wouldn't even bother with a 3G radio at all.

    However, if it can't tether, it would be well worth the extra $100 (for
    a radio) to have the option to move the SIM when needed. I could see an
    iPad as being a fantastic road-trip device, for example.
     
    DevilsPGD, Jan 29, 2010
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  11. Michelle Steiner

    Guest Guest

    Actually, their upcoming 4G LTE network devices will use SIM cards.[/QUOTE]

    that's a ways out though and it will be a while until it's fully
    deployed. verizon and sprint will be using cdma for a *while*.
     
    Guest, Jan 29, 2010
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  12. Michelle Steiner

    Guest Guest

    a lot of people want to be rid of at&t. mifi would do it, even with an
    ipod touch.
     
    Guest, Jan 30, 2010
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  13. Michelle Steiner

    Larry Guest

    They have some great competition:

    http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php

    $97 at Amazon. Spot satellite service, 24/7/365 is $99/yr and works not
    just in sellphone country, but ANY PLACE ON THE PLANET! We sailors
    track all our friends with Spot at sea on the special spot individual
    tracking webpages it automatically creates so anyone who has the access
    codes or law enforcement/rescue service can know EXACTLY where you are
    and where you've been since switching Spot on.

    $99 also includes 24/7 monitoring from the Spot Emergency Command
    Center. You press that SOS button and Spot notifies the appropriate
    rescue agencies tasked for your area.....any where on the planet.

    Today it's crazy not to have one aboard every offshore boat.....hiking
    in the woods.....fishing on the lake.
     
    Larry, Jan 30, 2010
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