SIM modding kit offered to Brits
Beat the iPhone 3G network tether
Easy handset unlocking has come to the UK courtesy of online supplier SIMable which is now offering a 20 quid kit to let any SIM work with (almost) any network-locked mobile.
SIMable: sits alongside your SIM
SIMable seems a typical turbo SIM modifier, of the kind recently launched by Hong Kong supplier Brando. The SIM-sized ultra-skinny circuit board presses up against a SIM and tricks the host phone into thinking the card comes from the network the handset is tied to.
To make room for the SIMable's chip, you need to make a hole in your SIM card. Fortunately, a tool for making the space comes with the product.
Some handsets also require the SIMable card to be nicked with a tiny triangular cut. SIMable provides a list of compatible handsets - which includes Apple's iPhone 3G, the latest Nokias and more - here.
SIMable costs £17 plus £2.95 P&P.
See it in action...
Yes it does actually work - You can see it working on the Mobile Industry Review Podcast here :-
It isn't forcing 'two sim cards' into the phone the device itself is wafer thin and the 'cut' required on the sim card is minimal (it allows the tiny chip on it space to lie flush with card.)
Does this actually work?
Most of these cards are flakey at best. And as far as I know, every such card that's been claimed to work with the iPhone 3G actually doesn't - some of them even work for a couple of days, then stop. Is this really different?
Here's one reason why this is awesome...
3 have cut me off, not because I haven't paid them, but because I won't use a direct debit and they can't control the payments. I have some old pre-pay sims but my phone is locked and I don't want to scupper my chances of using the 3 network once they relent. This would let me use my pre-pay sim without the traditional method of unlocking.