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What’s the difference between a SIM and a micro-SIM?

Like a regular SIM, the micro-SIM holds your subscriber information for the carrier and is great for storing
iphone 4gphone book contacts and other personal information. Micro-SIMs are user-replaceable and slide into a little slot in your device just like regular SIMs.

The micro-SIM is a smaller version of a SIM card found in your mobile phone, but holds exactly the same functions and micro-applications. The size of the micro-SIM is about a half of a regular SIM card (12×15 mm instead of 15x25mm). Though it contains the same information, it is not physically compatible with regular SIM cards found in your mobile phone.

A micro-SIM is basically smaller than a normal SIM card like you have and will only work in an iPad or iphone 4 and a watch phone by Lok8u,.

You can see from the images below and see the sim is much smaller than normal but the inner workings of the sim chip are the same with only small modifications that will be further explained down below in the article.






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AT&T Micro Sim

Should i use Scissors or a Knife or Blade to Cut my Sim to Micro Sim Format to use in ipad or Apple 4 ?

Not so Fast as thier was some news in today from Apple that might put a damper on your plans to save yourself a Wad of Notes. It would be reckless to consider taking a pair of scissors to cut the plastic of a regular SIM cards to make a micro-SIM. Anyone who would attempt to do so would risk damaging both their SIM and also the SIM slot of the device but its possible with some Skill.

A better option would be to contact your carrier to get a micro-SIM card or if you do want to convert a normal sim to a micro sim use the Micro sim Cutter Option and if you need to convert your micro sim back to normal you can also use micro sim adapters..

Why Apple Moved to the New Micro Sim Format.

Apple have learnt from previous sim unlock hacks via Sim Overlay Technology from the likes of Rebel Simcard for unlocking, Call  Control Least Cost routing and the use of Double Sim Adapters and have gone to micro Sim format to do their best to block out the possibility of future hacks. Changing down to the micro format so that they can make it much harder to fit Gadgets inside the iphone 4 or ipad sim gates.




Another reason Apple moved to the new format was a smart marketing technique. Their is nothing new about the micro sim other than the change of size and apple know this would be good talking point for others to create more talk and publicity around their products and people will percieve also the micro sim is special for apple products or even made by them.

The micro sim was first used by Lok8u, they were the first to ship a micro-SIM product in the United States — a watch that relays the location of children from their wrists to their parents’ cellphones.Jobs Got in Second on the Act here but will claim the Glory and portray this as Apples invention too.

Today’s News Puts a Damper on the Hopes of People wanting to use their existing network Simcard on the Apple Ipad

Apple has added a section to its iPhone FAQ confirming that you won’t be able to use one Micros SIM in both the smartphone and the Apple iPad.

Thousands off people who don’t want to Sign up to New 2 Year  Contracts from Carriers planned to buy an Ipad  Sim Free and use their Existing Simcards which have free or cheap internet packages by converting then by cutting them self or through the of micro sim cuttings tools have had their Plans blown out of the window for Now with the new announcement.

The official line on this from UK O2 is “The micro-SIMs for the iPhone are set up to allow voice calls, SMS messages and data functionality, whereas the iPad micro-SIM is provisioned to allow pay-as-you-go data transfer only.”

“The two devices are designed to give a different experience. The iPhone 4 is for regular use, whereas with the iPad we offer moreflexibility over data use.”

Makes perfect business sense from Apple’s point of view, but seems a riff off as the Device is Purchased Sim Free and such Restrictions should not be placed. This means we need to have two monthly data plans if we want 3G mobile browsing.

The two types of Micro Sim card for Apple ipad & Iphone 4 Explained and Can you use if you convert you existing sims to micro sim format.

Most networks around the world sell 2 types of network simcard.

  1. Voice & Data Enabled Simcard where you can Make Calls and also Use to Surf the Net. This is the most common type of simcard around the world and is same as what we find in mobile phones and phones like Iphone 3G 3G 3GS.
  2. Data Only Simcard Where you cant make Calls but Can use to surf the Net Only. This type of network simcard is quite new and only few years old & can only be used in devices who primary function is to supply Data only Services and you will already find these kinds of simcards in devices like data dongle & Mifi Devices and often are bundled in to deals with Laptops that are sold with internal wireless GPRS EDGE 3G Modems.

If you already have a Good mobile contract Deal with Free Data allowance this Leaves you with the Following options if you convert you network sim to micro format and buy a Sim Free iphone 4 or Ipad 3G.

Can i use my Normal Voice & Data enabled Sim ?

Sim Free iphone 4              Sim Free ipad

YES                                                 No

Can i use my Data only Sim from my existing data dongle or Mifi with Sim Free Ipad & Iphone 4G ?

Sim Free iphone 4              Sim Free ipad

Yes *                                                    Yes

*To be confirmed by our guess is Yes but for Data Only and not voice

UK Mobile Networks and thier offerings for Micro Sims

Rival networks OrangeVodafone and 3 are all offering customers the chance to pre-order the Micro SIMs needed to use the iPad’s 3G capabilities

The UK O2 network is offering its daily tariff (£2 per day for 500MB) but users need to wait for Friday before they can order their SIM.

Automatic GSM diallers can be either be installed as software or as hardware.

This Demo shows how to use the Rebel Sim II Dialler v2 firmware in iphone 3GS which is a Hardware based Automatic Least Cost Routing Dialling System.

The hardware Rebel  sim II  dialler is a thin chip of a similar shape to a phone’s SIM that sits between the SIM and the phone.

A sim dialer allows users to use international calling card services through the mobile phone without changing normal dialing procedures.

Once set up has been Completed users dont need to worry about being charged Excessive Prices for international calls and the system Detects numbers that Start with 00 and routes the call automatically to your desired Calling service Access number.

In this Example we first obtained calling credit from a VOIP server like  but you can any other voip or calling card provider of your choice.

Step 1

How Cut the Network Simcard Safely Using the Network Simcard Cutter

Step 2

Place the Rebel Sim ii with firmware v2 for Call through in the iphone 3GS simgate as show but if your using other phone models check the guide here on how to enter the rebel simcard II in other simgate styles


Step 3

Place some tape over the simgate so you can always remove safely. Tape is only advised for all iphone models only.

Step 4

Click on Settings and Then Phone then Sim Applications at the bottom of the Screen

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Step 5

In the Config Menu you can see the * Next to Enable by Default

Click on Editing Numbers and here enter you call through access number supplied by your Voip provider

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Step 6

Now click on Dialling Rules and Select the No 00 option as we want to automatically route all numbers through that start with 00 to save on international calls.

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Step 7

Now Configure the Dialler to Work for iphones. By clicking on Dialling Modes From menu Select ICC2 option

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You are Ready now and as a demo we placed a called to a numbers that does not start with 00 and the phone call is not changed and goes through as normal

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Now Place a call from your phone memory or dial on the keypad any number that starts with 00 and the Rebel Sim Dialler software kicks in and DOES not Let a Direct Call Take Place.

Instead the Access number is called and when the Voip access number sees the Caller ID of your phone it auto answers and supplied you with Dialtone to dial your number. The Rebel sim Dialler sends the Voip provider of the number you dailled via DTMF tones and they connect the call but so much cheaper.

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See the Full video below of how to break free from high international call charges without changing your dialling habits has its easy as its automatic.

Rebel Sim Diallers can be ordered here for new customers and users who already have a rebel simcard II can programmer can download the files here to program the v2 call control firmware to use.

Finally iPhone Firmware 3.0 features got revealed at Macworld Expo San Francisco. Looking at iPhone OS 3.0 features one thing is sure that its major update to iPhone OS with incredible new features for both dev and customers.

Here is Complete List of iPhone OS 3.0 Features For UsersFor Developers:

Get Ready for iPhone OS 3.0

Start developing the next generation of innovative mobile applications. Join the iPhone Developer Program and gain access to the new iPhone SDK, iPhone OS 3.0 beta, and the 
ability to test your applications directly on iPhone.

iPhone SDK for iPhone OS 3.0 beta

With a rich set of over 1,000 new APIs, iPhone SDK for iPhone OS 3.0 beta provides you with an amazing range of technologies to enhance the functionality of your iPhone and iPod touch applications. New APIs also provide support for applications to communicate with hardware accessories attached to iPhone or iPod touch.


In App Purchase

Allow users to purchase content or services from your application using the Store Kit framework. This new framework handles the financial aspects of the transaction, processes payment with the iTunes Store, and provides your application with information about the purchase.


Peer to Peer Connectivity

Add multi-player capabilities to your games using the peer to peer network connectivity and in game voice communication features of Game Kit. This powerful new framework allows any application, not just games, to communicate between devices using Bluetooth-no pairing required.


Apple Push Notification service

The Apple Push Notification service provides a way to alert your users of new information, even when your application isn’t running. Send text notifications, trigger audible alerts, or add a numbered badge to your application icon.



You can now embed maps within your applications using the new Map Kit framework. Map Kit works with the Google Mobile Maps Service and features panning and zooming, custom annotations, current location and geocoding.



Using the new External Accessory framework, your application can now communicate with “Made for iPod” hardware accessories attached to iPhone or iPod touch through either the 30-pin dock connector or wirelessly using Bluetooth.


iPod Library Access

Access music, podcasts, or audio books in a user’s iPod library directly from your application using the updated Media Player framework. You can play, repeat and shuffle songs or whole playlists, or create sequences of songs using custom searches.


For Users:

Copy and Paste!

Shake to undoMMS from the photo gallery

MMS and Spotlight!

Messaging optionsSpotlight

Landscape mail

Landcsape keyboard

Cut, Copy and Paste with ’shake to Undo’

Text can be selected automatically by double tapping on text and movable grab points appear with a ‘cut, copy and paste’ edit bar above selection. You can copy text across applications.

By shaking iPhone, there comes options to undo and redo you actions. cool! isn’t it?

Landscape Keyboard

This is what a jailbroken iPhone may already have but now in upcoming iPhone OS 3.0, a landscape keyboard is a built-in feature available in key applications, including Mail.


Along with sending multimedia stuff via email, in upcoming iPhone OS 3.0, iPhone 3G users will be able to send MMS messages too. (Sorry, iPhone 1st Gen users). iPhone users will also be able to delete and forward multiple messages.

iphone-os-30-peer-to-peer-connectivityPeer-to-Peer Connectivity

Peer-to-Peer connectivity is great for games and other applications for sharing data. This feature finds other devices and establish peer-to-peer connectivity over Bluetooth.  Through an IP connection, iPhone users will be able to play games. The feature is limited to Bonjour peer-to-peer devices only.

iphone-os-30-accessoriesAccessories App (3rd Party)

This features will allow 3rd party iPhone accessory manufacturers to develop custom Apps to interface with their hardware accessories.

iphone-os-30-in-app-purchaseIn-App Purchase

This feature will allow developers to sell additional stuff from within the App. Like purchasing new levels from within the game, subscribing for a magazine all from within an App.

Spotlight Search

In iPhone OS 3.0. an iPhone owner will find Apple’s Universal search feature named “Spotlight Search”. Spotlight feature can be found a flick to the left from the first screen of Apps. Using spotlight user will be able to search for mails in Mail App, Contacts, Appointments in  Calendar, media files in iPod, notes and more.

iphone-os-30-voice-memosVoice Memos

Using iPhone OS 3.0, iPhone owners will be able to record, edit and send voice memos via both email and MMS.

iphone-os-30-push-notification-servicePush Notification

Push Notification: A background-like process that doesn’t hamper battery life, utilize third-party server to push badge, text, email and audio alerts from applications as soon as they come

iphone-os-30-mapsGoogle Maps

Using iPhone firmware 3.0, developers will be able to embed Google Maps directly into their Applications.

GPS – Turn by Turn

Using CoreLocation, developers will be able to make application for turn by turn GPS directions



Solutions Point Limited, UK today introduces its flagship product, Rebel Sim card which can bypass network locks on all mobile phones.

Rebel Sim card has been released today by Solutions Point Limited, UK, they claim this product to be in the line of those smart technological solutions who will bring a revolution in the mobile phone unlocking industry, it would revolutionarise the way people use their mobile phones, by bringing in options which were not possible before.

Rebel Sim card can bypass network locks on almost all phones available in the market till date, and it would also support 95% of upcoming phone models out of the box, without making any changes to Rebel Sim card.

Rebel Sim card is used in parallel to the existing sim card as its only 0.10mm thick, therefore can be inserted along with existing simcard in any of the mobile phones available throughout the world.
It can also be removed easily, without causing any damage to the phone and the phone does not lose its warranty!

Rebel Simcard is the World’s first sim card which is fully compatible with UMTS technologies, which means users will get the same quality of service as they would get with a fully unlocked phone.

Rebel Sim card is transparent to the mobile phone, it does not interrupt in any of the existing features the simcard or the mobile phone has to offer either it be emails, Wifi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS or any other service, rather it enhances the existing features with its proprietary menu which gives the user a whole lot of control over how Rebel Sim card functions for a particular mobile phone.

Rebel Sim card is backed up by experienced and highly skilled development team along with hundreds of beta testers throughout the world, who test Rebel Sim card on almost any new phone which is released in any part of the world.

Rebel Sim card also has a STK menu, Apart from giving better control to the end user on the Rebel Simcard features, This menu enables it to run high security applications like banking services, transactions etc, moreover it enhances the existing network simcard by adding more features to it, like Value Added Services, Telecom applications, Logos, Ringtones etc. This makes it a one and only choice for MVNO’s who are trying to discover new lands and increase their market share.

However the technology behind bypassing of network locks on a mobile phone looks rather complex and is no way a game of a common man, but by bringing the ease of use and simplicity Rebel Sim card provides to unlock a mobile phone to common people who know nothing about this technology, depicts a fine example, how difficult things can be made so simple by people who are behind such technologies and are working hard and writing new rules of the game