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    Back in the early days of cell phones in these United States, cellular phones were purchased from the carrier along with a service plan. Those plans came with ridiculous pricing by today's standards - some cost more than US$5 per minute! If you needed to replace your phone (if it was lost, stolen, broken, or even if you wanted to upgrade) you had to go back to your carrier and have them update your account to point the new device. Each device had a unique ID assigned to it, so this process wasn't particularly difficult, just inconvenient and fairly time consuming as you were forced ...

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    Last week we saw the emergence of a troubling report, one claiming that the GCHQ and NSA compromised the security of SIM-card-maker Gemalto, accessing encryption keys that would in theory allow the spy agencies to passively monitor cellular communications as they moved from our phones to cellular towers. It was quite the alarming claim, but one that was difficult to immediately quantify in terms of its impact on end users: just what could such a hack conceivably mean for the security of your data? Today Gemalto has released a follow-up statement looking into the scope of the attack on its ...

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    It's no secret that governmental agencies the world around are using all sorts of techniques to monitor what we do on our smartphones. Sometimes that's using a court order to get access to a suspect's device; sometimes that's convincing a carrier to hand over bulk records for all its subscribers, guilty and innocent alike; sometimes it even means setting up a fake cellular tower to trick our phones into giving up information on themselves. But now a new report shines light on what could be one of the most far-reaching efforts to date, as British and American spies infiltrated the company ...

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    The Apple-branded cross-carrier SIM chips in the latest iPad models seem like such a great idea on paper: sell users a device that's all ready to be activated with the carrier of their choice, without needing to install new hardware. As we've seen, though, the reality of the situation hasn't been quite so smooth and idyllic, but the existence of this component alone sure felt like a step in the right direction. Despite all the potential such SIMs offer, it doesn't sound like you should bet on finding one in your next iPhone, though, as Apple VP Greg Joswiak explains why the Apple SIM is a ...

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    One of the many cool things about the iPad Air 2 (as well as the iPad mini 3) is the inclusion of an Apple-branded SIM card. Rather than having to choose a carrier first, then go and seek out a matching SIM, the Apple SIM gives users the ability to decide on a network and plan at their leisure, with the hardware ready to support T-Mobile, AT&T, or Sprint. And if you're not willing to commit to a long-term agreement, you could always switch things up and try shorter-term plans from various carriers as the mood struck you. At least, that's how it was supposed to work, but as users are ...

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    It's probably safe to say that everyone reading this article either has a cell phone currently, or has had a cellular telephone at some time in the past. Many of you may be familiar with what an IMEI is. It's probably fair to say that even those who do know what an IMEI is, may not know what these little strings of numbers are actually used for. IMEI versus MEID IMEI stands for "International Mobile Station Equipment Identity" and is usually a 15-digit string of numbers which is considered to be "unique" (though there are limited cases where IMEIs may be re-used or even cloned).  IMEIs ...

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