SIMable: buy once, unlock many phones


I’m going to have to take SIMable’s word on the “unlocks 85% of the world’s phones” bit because I just don’t have the time or travel budget to test every phone in the world. Maybe Verizon’s “can you hear me now?” guy would consider defecting from CDMA to GSM to help me out? After reading SIMable’s latest release and watching the above video demo however, I’m inclined to believe them.SIMable is a $29 package that includes a custom hole-puncher (yikes!) and a small circuit board shaped like a SIM card. The approach calls for you to punch a hole in your existing SIM card, which sounded scary when I first read it. It looks pretty straight-forward though and won’t impact your existing card beyond having a hole in the plastic. The actual guts of your SIM card don’t get touched.The hole is needed to make space for the small chip attached to the SIMable. You take the SIMable and sandwich it between your existing SIM card and your GSM phone. Thats it. Your phone should work normally with all functions, including 3G. While most carriers can unlock your phone, the beauty of SIMable is that it will work on multiple phones, so it’s a reusable solution: pay for it once and use it many times.You’ll want to see if your phone is supported but SIMable claims that their solution works with the iPhone 3G, the new BlackBerry Bold among many other devices. If your device doesn’t work with SIMable, they offer a full refund within seven days.



I’m a complete idiot when it comes to this whole unlocking business. Does this mean I’d be able to take the SIM card out of my Sprint Palm Centro and use it in an iPhone?


OK here’s a great idea – how about making this work with wireless broadband cards inside laptops/netbooks. Now my ATT laptop would be free to use any network I wanted and not be stuck with built-in choice only. Any takers?

Simon Dale

Hi Kevin,

Funnily enough I received my “iSmartPhone” today which is the same thing as you mention here, but it doesn’t involve any cutting, or punching, of your SIM card.

I’ve tested it today with my iPhone 3G and it works fine.

I’ve tried with my Orange SIM and my SIM4Travel European Roaming SIM card in readiness for my holiday starting on Sunday. All good.

I paid £8 on eBay.

Arne Hess

It indeed works fine with the iPhone 3G. A friend is using it with is SIM-locked iPhone 3G, without any problems.

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