Posts tagged as: SIM

Virtual SIM Support Comes To OnePlus 6 With OxygenOS Beta 7

OnePlus has released new beta software for the OnePlus 6 phone. OxygenOS Beta 7 includes two core new features, a video enhancer and OnePlus Roaming. The video enhancer improves color when watching video, while OnePlus Roaming acts as a virtual SIM card so travelers can surf the internet without a local SIM card. OnePlus says […]

AT&T, T-Mobile Customer PINs Left Exposed Due To Security Flaws

Two different security flaws affecting the customers of AT&T and T-Mobile were revealed this past week. The security gaps could have given hackers access to customer account PINs, which would in turn allow them to potentially hijack the customers’ SIM cards. AT&T customers were left vulnerable by the insurance provider Asurion. When initiating claims through […]

FreedomPop Gives Free Access to WhatsApp with New SIM

FreedomPop today announced a new SIM card that provides free access to WhatsApp. The WhatsApp SIM comes with unlimited WhatsApp usage, 200 MB of data, and 100 voice minutes — all of which can be used for free. The card works with unlocked Android and iOS devices and functions in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Germany, […]

Congress Wants Prepaid Phone Buyers to Provide ID

A new bill introduced to Congress would require everyone who buys a prepaid phone or SIM card to provide identification, including name, address, and date of birth. The “Closing the Pre-Paid Mobile Device Security Gap Act of 2016”, or H.R. 4486, aims to reduce the use of “burner” or anonymous phones sometimes used by criminals […]

Apple, Samsung to Adopt GSMA-Backed Electronic SIMs

The GSMA said it is in advanced talks with Apple and Samsung to adopt the nearly-finalized electronic SIM card standard moving forward. The GSMA has been working with the industry on electronic SIMs for some time and is close to announcing a final standard.   “We have got everyone back on one point, with Apple […]

Gemalto to Investigate SIM Card Hacking Claims

Gemalto found itself at the center of a new hacking scandal this week after The Intercept reported the SIM card maker was compromised by the NSA and the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). The Intercept claims the U.S. and British spy agencies stole the encryption keys for SIM cards so they would be able to […]

AT&T Locking Apple SIMs in New iPad Models

The new Apple SIM in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 is being locked to AT&T if data subscribers choose that carrier, according to complaints. The problem is confirmed by a new Apple support document. “When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their […]

Sprint Plans to Make Most Devices Unlockable By Feb 2015

Sprint recently indicated via its support site that it will devise a way to unlock its phones by February 2015. According to Sprint, none of the SIM-equipped phones it has sold during the past three years – including Apple’s iPhones – can be unlocked for use on competing networks. The company said it will unlock […]

Apple Gains Patent on SIM Card Connector Format

USPTO awarded Apple a patent on a proprietary, SIM card connector format. SIM cards are used in all GSM-based cellular devices, which in Apple’s case includes models of the iPhone and iPad. The patent documents ways of inserting or removing a SIM card, specifically in a way that protects both the card and the device […]

NFC-Enabled SIM Cards Headed for Cell Phones

The GSMA have announced that 45 of the world’s major carriers have committed to supporting SIM-based Near Field Communications (NFC). Among the carriers to pledge their support of the new standard are AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, China Mobile​ and China Unicom​, Vodafone, and Telefonica. In making the announcement, the GSMA have now published  a new set […]

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