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T-Mobile's "Test Drive" program just received a sweet upgrade for people that want a hassle-free way to test drive its burgeoning 5G network. The long-running Test Drive program allowed you to obtain a physical SIM to sample its network for free for up to 30 days. Now, Test Drive leverages eSIM technology, making it even easier to hop onto T-Mobile's network. Thanks to eSIM tech, taking a Test Drive is as simple as downloading the T-Mobile Network Test Drive app and installing it on your supported device. In this case, the app is currently only supported on unlocked Apple iPhones (iPhone XS or newer) running iOS 14.5 or higher. Current T-Mobile/Sprint/Metro customers are not eligible for the... Read more...
When it comes to SIM cards, we often "set it and forget it". Unless you do a lot of travel overseas, chances are that the SIM card is popped in the moment you purchase a new smartphone and isn’t touched again throughout the life of the device. However, that SIM card -- even tiny Nano SIMs -- can take up a valuable space in a smartphone's frame. ARM, however, is looking to devise a way to shrink the SIM card down so that it is incorporated into future mobile processors. By removing the physical SIM, its tray and components necessary to support its operation, additional real estate is opened to add more functionality to smartphones, or perhaps even squeeze in a larger battery. This so-called... Read more...
We first got a taste of programmable sims when Apple launched the iPad Air 2 in 2014. The proprietary “Apple SIM” allows users to change their wireless carrier at any time via software without having to swap out physical SIM cards. Samsung, however, is going the industry-standard route by adopting the eSIM specification brought forth by the GSMA. The first product to ship with the new eSIM will be Samsung’s upcoming Gear S2 Classic 3G smartwatch (phew, say that three times fast). Although Samsung has yet to provide any official specs or images of the Gear S2 Classic 3G, we can’t imagine that it will stray too far from the handsome, traditional looks of the Gear S2 Classic while adopting the calling... Read more...