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Would you like to call internationally from your mobile phone without having to pay the high per minute rates from your cell carrier or manually having to use a calling card and remembering to actually use the card in the first place?  Using the RebelSim Dialer Call through SIM, you can have your phone automatically intercept outgoing international calls to instead first dial your calling card access number, send the number you actually dialed, and ultimately connect your call at a cheaper rate (calling card rate + local minute rate from your carrier as opposed to international rate from your carrier).

What is it and how does it work?

What this device essentially allows you to do is have outgoing calls that start with either 00 (international), 1, or just 0 be automatically dialed through a calling card or VoIP access number instead of direct.   This paper thin device actually fits between your SIM card and your phone in order to “capture” what you are dialing, then dials the access number first when necessary:

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Usually, when dialing internationally direct from your mobile phone, you will be charged fairly high rates per minute from your carrier such as £1.45/min calling from Tesco UK to US or $1.49/min calling from AT&T US to UK.  Then, of course, you have local calls which will either be part your monthly minute plan or generally a much cheaper per minute rate.

With international calls, you can traditionally get around these higher rates by using a calling card with a local access number that you can call as a “local number” from your cell phone (UK landline numbers if you live in the UK or any US number if you live in the US).  Then, dial the international number through your calling card and get charged “local minute rates” from your cell carrier plus whatever international rates you get from your calling card.

For example, say I wanted to call home to the states from my mobile phone in the UK.  Normally I would dial 001 999 999 9999, with the “00” meaning international, “1” meaning the states, followed by the number.  With my particular cell carrier (Tesco), this would cost me £1.45 per minute, but with my calling card, it would cost me £0.01 per minute – quite a big difference! Using the Rebel Sim Call through SIM, it will see that the number starts with 00 and it will instead dial the access number for my calling card when I press send to dial that international number.  Once the phone has dialed my card’s access number, it is then able to automatically send the digits (via DTMF*) of the number I actually dialed thus completing the international call via my calling card as opposed to directly from my mobile carrier.  My call will now cost £0.01 per minute plus minutes from my monthly minute plan as opposed to £1.45p per minute.

(* less technical explanation:  Think about how you normally use a calling card. You call the calling card number, it prompts you for the number you want to call, and then it connects the call.  The RebelSim Call through SIM automates this process by “seeing” that you dialed 00, then dialing the calling card number, pauses, and then dials the original out going number)

How to setup:

  • First off, this won’t work if you are using a micro SIM – sorry iPhone 4 users – because the RebelSim is of “normal” SIM size, but it will work for anyphone that uses a normal size SIM.  Also, the latest (v2) firmware also does not support entering an ID or pin number, so you’ll need a provider that works by caller ID (you call the access number, and it recognizes your caller ID for authentication for your account); that being said, v2.1 will be released soon which will allow the use of an ID/pin, as well as additional configuration options than the ones discussed later on below.
  • What you have to do first is punch a “hole puncher” size hole in the top plastic part of your SIM card. This is for the chip on the Rebel Sim Call through SIM to fit in between your phone and your normal SIM (you can either buy a RebelSim cutter, or use your own hole puncher).  Don’t worry, it’s just plastic on the top of your SIM card – it won’t damage anything and you can still use it even if you are not using the RebelSim.

hole punch cutter cut together

  • Then, of course, you need to put them in your phone.  The manual suggests putting the Rebel SIM in first, then sliding your normal SIM in on top of it – I’ve found it easier at times to just put them in together at the same time, but I suppose it’s just a matter of how easy/hard it is to access your SIM slot
    in the phone
  • Next, you’ll need to have a calling card or VoIP service that has an access number.  Any calling card has an access number, as that’s how they’re setup to work, but not all VoIP providers have one.  Personally, I use a VoIP provider as they usually don’t charge connection fees, their rates are easy to understand, and they can be used with a SIP/Soft phone as well.   I personally use VoipFone (rates and access numbers) as they allow pin-less usage but there are plenty of others such as Call Centric (rates andaccess numbers) if you are in the States and  VoipTalk (rates and access numbers) in the UK (once v2.1 comes out for the RebelSim Callthrough).

    Note:  which ever calling card or VoIP provider you use must have an access number that doesn’t require you to use a pin since the current firmware of Call Through only supports dialing the access number.

  • And last, you need to add the access number and configure the options on the Rebel Sim.  When you turn on your phone with the RebelSim, you should see a new menu option.  On my Pirelli DP-L10 wifi phone, you can see this on the main menu, with other phones it will probably show up in different locations but either way a new option will appear somewhere and will have the same configuration options/steps: 
    with rebel

    Select the new RebelSim option and you will be brought to the configuration page with the following options: 
    – Disable (don’t use the RebelSim) 
    – *Enable (use the RebelSim) 
    – Editing Number (edit the access number) 
    – Dialing Rules (4 options on when to use the RebelSim: when there is a 00, 1, or 0 in the beginning of the dialed call, or use it always) 
    – Dialing Speed (this is basically how fast the number is dialed once the access number is called – I haven’t had an issue using it on “Fast”) 
    – Dialing Mode (two options, don’t really know what it means, but ICC2 is said to be needed for the iPhone, and ICC1 works on my Pirelli phone)

    All you should have to mess with here is the Editing Number and Dialing Rules.  Select Editing Number to change the access number and Dialing Rules to determine when the RebelSim should be used.  For my particular usage, I use Dialing Rule “00” to use for international calls and Editing Number “02070990707” as the access number for VoipFone.co.uk.

    Then, dial out!  In the picture below, you can see that I dialed a random international US number (001 770 123 4567), and when I pressed send, you can see that the phone automatically called the access number instead (02070990707): 
    dial internationalOnce the call is connected, you hear a dial tone from the speaker (which is VoipFone saying it’s ready for a number to connect to).  After a couple of seconds, the dial tone goes away which is when the RebelSim dials the number I actually entered (you don’t actually hear anything until you hear ringing which means the number you dialed is ringing) – and that’s it, you just made a cheaper international call from your mobile phone.

Final thoughts:

Using the Rebel Sim Callthrough SIM is a great way to make dialing international numbers from your cell phone cheap and easy.  Could you simply remember to dial the access number and skip the use and purchase of the RebelSim?  Yep!  Could you opt to just use a smartphone app to use a data connection and use Voip?  Yep!  That being said, I like the idea of this “working in the background” because I could then give it to a friend, family member, etc and not have to explain to them how to make international calls or have to worry about someone, or myself, accidentally making an expensive £1.45/min call.

Another useful aspect about this particular Rebel Sim (“Rebel Sim II”) is that you can load 3 different types of firmware on it (providing you have one of their programmers):  the Call Through (v2), Call Back (v3), or their HTC unlocking firmware (v1).  Plus for £7 + shipping (worldwide), it’s not too bad of a deal!

Pros:

  • Set it up and forget it approach for cheap international calls from mobile phones
  • Cheap
  • Will work with any phone that uses regular size SIM cards (the phone can be locked or unlocked, from anywhere in the world, on any carrier, etc)
  • Can be repurposed with 3 different firmwares ( one for call through, one for unlocking HTC phones, and the other a different approach for cheap mobile calls)
  • Simple to configure

Cons:

  • Latest firmware does not allow to use access numbers that require you to enter a PIN or ID number to use (though it can with firmware v2.1, which is to be released soon)
  • Can be a bit tricky to sandwich it with your existing SIM card and push into the SIM slot on some phones
  • Doesn’t work with micro SIM cards (won’t work with iPhone 4)

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We all know Apple like to update the OS as often as they can. Last night we saw the coming of the latest iOS 4.3.4. Many users of iPhone 4 Unlocking Simcards will be wondering if the New iOS 4.3.4 can be unlocked

and asking them self should i update or not?

Rebel Micro Unlock simcard Unlocks the iOS 4.3.4

 

iPhone 4 Unlock Rebel Pro Micro SimCard

iPhone 4 4.3.4 Unlock Rebel Pro Micro SimCard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great News is the Rebel Micro simcard users have no problem to unlock the iPhone 4 on the newest firmware and dont need to rely on jailbreaks.  The new 4.3.4 firmware was published to eradicate some back doors for Jail breaking  in the 4.3.3 iOs and below.

 

iPhone 4 Unlock Rebel Xpress Micro SimCard

iPhone 4 Unlock 4.3.4 Rebel Xpress Micro SimCard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whats new in the iOS 4.3.4 ?

The security hole that existed in the 4.3.3 iOS had to be closed as it allowed arbitrary code execution when viewing a maliciously crafted PDF or webspage. Hackers had found a way to inject their own code in the iOS file system to take control of it.

The website in question that used this method was jailbreakme.com and is able to Jailbreak iPhones and iPads and the New iPad 2. This is a very easy way for non technical users to take advantage of free and cracked applications and the ability to Jailbreak Device’s and add cydia without cables or softwares.

Where once to Jailbreak it was required to downloads specialist software’s  and apple firmware files it now became child’s play to jailbreak. This is very dangerous for apple as the loss in revenue from users not using the Apps store to buy their applications would spiral as the technology to help defraud Apple was too easily accessible and cant get simpler than visiting a website and pressing a button and sitting back while all is done for you.

 4.3.4 Current Jailbreak News

Current News is that iOS 4.3.4 is still jailbreakable, but the jailbreak process is not as smooth as JailbreakMe 3.0 offers and some people may not like the extra complications  they’ll have to do to get it. Another down side is its tethered which means after power and then on or loose battery then you have to do the process again.

Besides PwnageTool 4.3.3, iOS 4.3.4 and iTunes 10.3.1 you’ll also require PwnageTool bundles for iOS 4.3.4 and the tetheredbot utility to go through with the jailbreak. On the Other hand Apple also had to close the jailbreak and break the tethered jailbreak to put of people from jail breaking to sell more of its apps on its own store and make it the primary option agian.

FAQ about iOS 4.3.4 for Rebel Micro Simcard Users

Do i a Rebel Micro Simcard user have to Jailbreak my iPhone to Unlock 4.3.4

No you dont need to jailbreak or load any kind of software to use rebel micro simcard. Rebel Micro simcards are designed for Ease of use and Fast Setup.

Can i update to iOS 4.3.4 via itunes and still unlock my iPhone 4 using my Rebel Micro Simcard ?

Yes all users can simply connect to itunes and update to the 4.3.4 and still be able to unlock the iPhone 4 with the Rebel Micro simcards.

Can Auto network Detection Still work for me without ever dialling 112 ?

Yes if your network simcard is within the 60% of network simcards from around the world and you had auto network detection without dialling 112 then with the 4.3.4 you will still have it.

Does the user guide change for the Rebel Micro unlock simcards for the iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3.4 ?

The user guide is still the same to setup the rebel micro simcard on the downloads page.

Can i still unlock my iPhone 4 with the 4.3.4 without having to Jailbreak ?

Yes only the Rebel Micro simcards can work on non jail-broken iPhone 4’s

Do i still need to activate the iPhone 4 before i can unlock the iPhone 4 with Rebel Micro simcards ?

Yes its always required to activate the iPhone 4 first and can be done via a few ways.

  1. Use an original network simcard and update and activate via itunes.
  2. Use a Rebel Activation card that can simulate a network simcard when you program a IMSI & ICCID via programmer and software and use itunes to update and activate.
  3. Use a custom pre activated firmware file created by jailbreak tools like snowbreeze pawnage tool and redsnow.

Can i Still Regain network without dialling 112 agian when i turn on airplane mode or power the phone on and off  ?

Yes you can regain the network back itself when you power off or use air plane mode options.

More information on the Rebel Micro Unlock simcards to unlock iPhone 4

Rebel Micro Sim Card Unlocks iPhone 4 basebands 1.59.00 / 03:10.01 / 02.10.04 / 04.10.01 running iOS 4, iOS 4.1, 4.2, 4.2.1, 4.3 & 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.3.3 4.3.4 & IOS 5 Beta  without requiring you to jailbreak your iPhone 4

The Rebel  Micro unlock Simcard is specialy Designed for the iPhone 4 and is able to by pass the network lock that restricts you from using other networks simcards.

  • No more using your phone as only an ipod
  • No need to use any cables or softwares
  • No need to load any kind of software
  • Supports Latest iPhone 4 OS inc 5.0 Beta 1
  • Fully Upgradable Firmwares
  • Easy Unlock Solution for iPhone 4
  • Supports All Networks & Countires
  • iphone 4 Sim Tray + Pro Rebel Micro Sim included in Package.
  • No Loss of Warranty 
  • Unlocks All networks & Countries Worldwide

3 Designs to use to unlock your iPhone 4 

Rebel Pro Micro Sim Card  is supplied with its own custom iPhone 4 Sim tray so the IC stays inside the iPhone 4 uses the F300.

Rebel Xpress Micro Unlock Simcard uses the Latest Micro Chip the F981 and is a Flat IC & Firmware Upgradeable but the IC sits in the iPhone 4 like the Pro Version.

Rebel Lite Micro Sim Card does not require a special iPhone Sim tray and the IC is located on the outside of the iPhone 4 when installed and is designed for Budget users.

Only Rebel Micro simcards Allow you to Regian network signal on the phone Automatically afterPowering off your iPhone 4 or turning on the Air Plane mode.

Direct Download Links for iOS 4.3.4

Download iPhone Firmware 4.3.4 (iPhone 4 GSM): iPhone3,1_4.3.4_8K2_Restore.ipsw

http://rebelsimcard.com/iphone-firmware-direct-download-links-en.html

Rebel Pro Micro Sim Card  is supplied with its own custom iPhone 4 Sim tray so the IC stays inside the iPhone 4 and is our Flagship Product Firmware Upgradeable.

Rebel Xpress Micro Unlock Simcard uses the Latest Micro Chip the F981 and is a Flat IC & Firmware Upgradeable but the IC sits in the iPhone 4 like the Pro Version.

Rebel Lite Micro Sim Card does not require a special iPhone Sim tray and the IC is located on the outside of the iPhone 4 when installed and is designed for Budget users.

Only Rebel Micro simcards Allow you to Regian network signal on the phone Automatically afterPowering off your iPhone 4 or turning on the Air Plane mode.

Rebel Micro Express simcard Requires No Jailbreak Exclusive***

The New Rebel Xpress is using a new Intergrated Circuit named the F981.

The F981 IC is much flatter than the F300 used in the Rebel Pro & Lite

Main Features of the Rebel Xpress Micro Sim 

  • ICCID Shown in About Page
  • No Jailbreak Required
  • Keep network when power off and then turn on iphone 4.
  • Keep network when turn on and then off air plane mode
  • IC Stays on the iPhone like the Pro sim and unlike the Lite sim
  • IC is much flatter and makes easier insertion and removal

Rebel Micro Express Sim Card Unlocks iPhone 4 basebands 1.59.00 / 03:10.01 / 02.10.04 / 04.10.01 running iOS 4, iOS 4.1, 4.2, 4.2.1, 4.3 & 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.3.3 & IOS 5 Beta 1  without requiring you to jailbreak your iPhone 4

  • No more using your phone as only an ipod
  • No need to use any cables or softwares
  • No need to load any kind of software
  • Supports Latest iPhone 4 OS 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.3.3
  • Fully Upgradable Firmwares
  • Easy Unlock Solution for iPhone 4
  • Supports All Networks & Countires
  • iphone 4 Sim Tray + Pro Rebel Micro Sim included in Package.
  • No Loss of Warranty 
  • Firmware Upgradeable
  • New F981 IC used
  • Unlocks All networks & Countries Worldwide
iPhone 4 Unlocking Rebel Xpress Micro Unlock simcard with New Flat F981 Integrated Circuit Launched

iPhone 4 Unlocking Rebel Xpress Micro Unlock simcard with New Flat F981 Integrated Circuit Launched

iPhone 4 Unlocking Rebel Xpress Micro Unlock simcard with New Flat F981 Integrated Circuit Launched

iPhone 4 Unlocking Rebel Xpress Micro Unlock simcard with New Flat F981 Integrated Circuit Launched

iPhone 4 Unlocking Rebel Xpress Micro Unlock simcard with New Flat F981 Integrated Circuit LaunchediPhone 4 Unlocking Rebel Xpress Micro Unlock simcard with New Flat F981 Integrated Circuit Launched

iPhone 4 Unlocking Rebel Xpress Micro Unlock simcard with New Flat F981 Integrated Circuit Launched

iPhone 4 Unlocking Rebel Xpress Micro Unlock simcard with New Flat F981 Integrated Circuit LaunchediPhone 4 Unlocking Rebel Xpress Micro Unlock simcard with New Flat F981 Integrated Circuit Launched

iPhone 4 Unlocking Rebel Xpress Micro Unlock simcard with New Flat F981 Integrated Circuit Launched

 

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