Feature: Cutting SIMs, changing APNs, and mobile freedom


It’s here – the first in a regular series of features! Check out my first post on Engadget, about cutting SIMs, changing APNs, and mobile freedom…

Then listen to Chris Ziegler and I on the Engadget Mobile podcast, usually recorded live every Friday at 4:30 PM ET, and posted every Saturday :)


Unboxing the BlackBerry 9530 (Storm)

Yes, I’m crashing the BlackBerry 9530 (Storm) party and I’m being fashionably late :)

Oh, I know what you’re thinking – this time, she’s gone completely mad! A BlackBerry? The Storm? With Verizon? Hush – I have a plan and I have 30 days!

See, in addition to CDMA/EVDO, the Storm supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE (quad band) and UMTS/HSDPA (2100, Europe/Asia). I’m unlocking it, and I’m taking it for a spin.

It’s only fair – I’ve already played with every other capacitive touch screen device available so far, except the Storm. Besides, the camera is nice (probably better than the competition), and I’m a sucker for good cameras on phones.

So check out the pictures, and hold on! It’s gonna be a fun ride…

Why the iPhone could change everything

I was recently reading about how the iPhone could be sold unlocked and I realized the iPhone could change everything!

By “everything”, I don’t just mean the slick design, user interface and software integration, although sometimes even the obvious is lost on some people. By “everything”, I mean the very way US customers buy a phone. They don’t appear to think twice about spending $300 on an iPod, yet they accept getting locked into a crappy 2-year contract by US carriers in exchange for a free (or cheap) – yet crippled – phone…

Of course here’s the real question: assuming it’s sold unlocked, will US customers think twice about spending $300 on an iPhone? I hope not.

Then Verizon and Sprint would be screwed, Cingular and T-Mobile would benefit, GSM would make serious inroads in the US at the expense of CDMA. It would promote competition amongst the US carriers, thus increasing contract flexibility and customer service quality.. In turn Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung would start selling more unlocked phones directly.

It’s a win/win situation.

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