Use sim card with computer

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kinkster, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. kinkster macrumors 6502a

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    I have an iPhone and I often need to use it's data connection for my computer. Tethering is okay but i'd rather use my sim card directly with my computer.

    I know some laptops have sim card trays built in, so is there any way to get this on a computer that didn't come with it?
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    What kind of computer? It is physically possible for an ExpressCard/34 SIM tray to exist, but I know of none.
     
  3. kinkster thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'v got an Air so something USB would be optimal. A friend of mine is also interested in this, and he's got an express card slot I believe.
     
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  5. bkarabel macrumors member

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    You simply can`t use your iphone sim card with a computer period. It won`t work.
    If your iphone is jail broken ( which i assume is ) you can use pdanet for "free" internet on your laptop or desktop. Actually it is pretty fast via airport connection depending on your 3g coverage in your area.
    Keep in mind at&t does not allow it in their eula or in their terms of operation.
     
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    I know that this one exists but it's EVDO so not quite what the OP needs. Somebody must make a UMTS version though...

    Edit: I should look around on the same site next time. There's an HSPA model, although it might be a bit tricky to find as it's reached its end of life.
     
  7. KandyKane macrumors 6502

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    You can get UMTS850 cards from Australia (Telstra Network). The new sierra card we have at work runs up to 21mbps (usb), can't remember if they were locked or not though...
     
  8. kinkster thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Would those be unlocked and work with any sim?
     
  9. Pixellated macrumors 65816

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    Well, if you buy an unlocked one (I.E. not from a mobile provider) then yes. :)
     
  10. alphaod macrumors Core

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    That looks like a cell with flagella. :p
     

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