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Richard Bedwell

I don't know about the IPhone, because I don't have one, and I'm willing to bet that most of you won't be able to answer this either; but here's a scenario. You have your phone unlocked so that you can use another GSM SIM in your phone... say you are going to Europe, and want to use a prepaid SIM card. Here's a limitation I found on the BlackBerry Storm 2. If you take out the Verizon/Vodafone SIM that comes with the phone, you loose WIFI capability. The moment you put in another SIM the phone removes all the service books and routing tables. The problem with that is the phone no longer knows how to route WIFI information.

What would be interesting to find out, is when the IPad comes out with the WIFI 3G capability, whether they will have this catch as well. Think about it, you Travel to another country, and instead of spending 100 bucks just in roaming fees, you pay 40 bucks for a local number, and say 10 euro in charge.... The moment you change out the SIM you're no longer going to be able to use the WIFI in your device. At least it's this way with the BBerry Storm 2.

Now don't mistake what I'm getting at here. I love my BBerry Storm2 (BBS2). I am a non-conformist. I don't want what everyone else has, So while I was initially interested in the IPhone, when it because a common device, I lost interest. That's when I found the BBS. I'm not saying I haven't had any issues, but you always expect that with a brand new product, as people continue to use them in ways that they were never intended to be used.  With the knowledge that they are coming out with a WIFI only version, I'm sure that Apple has addressessed this issue, however it would be interesting to find out, I don't know how many of you actually have taken out your SIM in your IPhone and still tried to use it. but I would think it's no different than the ITouch, which has WIFI, the IPhone just builds on that; Much I'm sure the IPad has as well.

Posted on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 5:55 AM Technical Musings | Back to top

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