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iPhone SIM card swap, anyone try a different carrier?

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To great surprise you CAN change the SIM card.

Has anyone tried using a T-Mobile or other foreign GSM provider SIM card in the iPhone?

I'm in NYC by coincidence and if I can use it with my French SIM card, I'll pick one up.. or at least try
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Originally Posted by ZO View Post

To great surprise you CAN change the SIM card.

This was no surprise... it was only a surprise to the delusional posters who though it either didn't have a sim slot (even after Steve Jobs said it did) **or** the similarly delusional posters who thought the Apple sim slot was different from 'NORMAL' sim slots.

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Has anyone tried using a T-Mobile or other foreign GSM provider SIM card in the iPhone?

Its been tried and also no great surprise... it will not work... the iPhone is locked to AT&T - just as Apple indicated... AT&T exclusive means AT&T EXCLUSIVE...

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Has anyone tried using non phone features without any SIM card installed?
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Originally Posted by PBG4 Dude View Post

Has anyone tried using non phone features without any SIM card installed?

The phone displays an ERROR SCREEN when a non-AT&T activated sim is installed and you're STUCK with that... Until you put back a valid SIM.
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The phone displays an ERROR SCREEN when a non-AT&T activated sim is installed and you're STUCK with that... Until you put back a valid SIM.

That is one of my major problems with this device.

If two years from now I decide to get a new iPhone... I would like my old one to still be usable for applications, music, video, and web surfing on Wi-Fi without needing a sim card or it activated for an account.

This is like if Apple made a computer that would only run if you had an AOL account and were signed on the whole time.

Hopefully someone will find a work around or hack for this problem.

Otherwise, there are going to be a bunch of completely useless iPhones around once Apple starts releasing new versions.
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Apple is playing the cell phone game: Frustrate the hell out of the user and force them into spending money before they can do anything.
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Originally Posted by Wojciechowski View Post

That is one of my major problems with this device.

If two years from now I decide to get a new iPhone... I would like my old one to still be usable for applications, music, video, and web surfing on Wi-Fi without needing a sim card or it activated for an account.

This is like if Apple made a computer that would only run if you had an AOL account and were signed on the whole time.

Hopefully someone will find a work around or hack for this problem.

Otherwise, there are going to be a bunch of completely useless iPhones around once Apple starts releasing new versions.

I pulled the SIM out of my iPhone and most of the functions still worked. Coverflow and auto-rotate didn't work, but WiFi did.
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Isn't it reasonable to expect an eventual solution for disabling the "phone" button without losing the other three ?
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Originally Posted by PBG4 Dude View Post

I pulled the SIM out of my iPhone and most of the functions still worked. Coverflow and auto-rotate didn't work, but WiFi did.

Huh, those are odd function not to work without the SIM card.
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Normally cell phones have 2 prices, one if you're buying it with new service and a second sustantially higher price if you already have service. What's the policy with the I phone?

Also, cell phone co's will usually unlock phones. Is this phone not being unlocked? Then I assume it's not for usuage in foreign countries, except via roaming--which is exhorbatantly expensive. Kind of undercuts the reasoning for using a SIM-based provider, doesn't it?

If Apple is playing the proprietary game than I think they may have problems down the road, as they create dissatisfaction amongst their customers. Didn't they learn that lesson with the Mac?
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Originally Posted by BRussell View Post

Huh, those are odd function not to work without the SIM card.

I thought so too. Auto-rotate related functionality seems a little glitchy / slow to react to changes as it is.
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