T-Mobile now offers micro-SIM cards for subscribers with unlocked iPhone 4 smartphones who want to use its network. The SIMs are listed at $9.99 but are currently available for free online. T-Mobile confirmed last month that its network is now home to more than 1 million iPhone handsets, though the bulk of them are older models that accept full-sized SIM cards. The carrier also said at that time, however, that it would soon offer micro-SIM cards for iPhone 4 users. While subscribers with unlocked iPhone 4 handsets will not be able to utilize T-Mobile’s 3G or 4G HSPA+ networks, GSM and 2G EDGE services will work fine. The move could also partially be preparation for Apple’s next-generation iPhone 5, which some believe will launch from T-Mobile and Sprint this fall in addition to AT&T and Verizon Wireless. More →
Apple has reportedly submitted a proposal for a new industry stand for SIM cards that would drastically reduce their size. According to Reuters, Apple’s new SIM design is even smaller than the micro-SIM the company currently uses in its iPhone 4 smartphone and iPad tablets. The new SIM card, which has already been backed by France’s Orange and other carriers, would allow cell phone manufacturers to build devices that are much thinner as a result of the smaller, thinner SIM readers that could be included in phones and tablets. “We were quite happy to see last week that Apple has submitted a new requirement to (European telecoms standards body) ETSI for a smaller SIM form factor — smaller than the one that goes in iPhone 4 and iPad,” Orange’s head of mobile told Reuters. “They have done that through the standardization route, through ETSI, with the sponsorship of some major mobile operators, Orange being one of them.” Neither Apple or ETSI have commented on the the proposed SIM. More →
I’ll admit it, while I have most aspects of my life under control and normalized, there is one, tiny section that seems to have complete control over me: my obsessive, compulsive need to switch mobile devices. In the grand scheme of things that I could project this obsessive tendency on, I suppose phones are fairly benign. So ladies and gentlemen, the reason I’m not switching to a Verizon iPhone? The thought of not having a SIM card gives me the shakes. More →
Remember how much fun we used to have with all of the iPhone rumors in the months leading up to WWDC? Well as you know, this year is special. Proving this point once and for all again, today we present you with images and videos of yet another iPhone prototype strutting its stuff in Vietnam. There’s really nothing more for us to say since this is all about eye candy, so hit up the jump for a slew of pics and videos!
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With the iPad’s Canadian launch delayed until the end of May, we thought we’d give those with glowing hearts who made the trek into the home of the brave a hand in getting their new gadget up and running on one of Canada’s four HSPA+ carriers. A lot of people have written in and put in requests for help — and with the dollar basically on par we’re sure that we’re going to get even more before the official Canadian launch — so we thought we’d do our part and help out our early adopting friends in the Great White North. Getting the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G up and running in Canada is as easy 1, 2, 3. As always, the nitty gritty is after the jump.
What, just because there is a piece of black plastic at the top, you thought we weren’t going to do this? We have a brand new Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G in hand, and of course, have photographed the unboxing just for you. Early impressions? The 3G integration is pretty slick with all you need to configure and purchase your prepaid data plans built right in, plus there is that oh-so-adorable micro-SIM card slot on the side. Hit the gallery for the photos… we have something exciting coming up later!
Dying to know when you’ll be able to get your hands on that iPad Wi-Fi + 3G that you pre-ordered over a month ago? Apple has just announced it will be delivering pre-ordered units on Friday, April 30th. Kicking yourself over not pre-ordering? Then head on over to your local Apple Store at 5pm that evening. Who knows; you might just get lucky.
Press release after the break. More →