07-23-2012, 02:34 PM
| | Re: Question about smart phone sim cards
On Mon, 23 Jul 2012 05:03:54 -0700, Evan Platt
>On Sun, 22 Jul 2012 10:41:27 -0500, Charlie <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>I recently upgraded to an AT&T smart phone from a "regular" phone, and
>>AT&T provided a new sim card.... so I know it's somehow different from
>>the sim card I used for several previous phones.
>>But I opted for the 3 GB/mo data plan instead of the more expensive
>>$50/mo plan, which would have given me tethering capability of my
>>phone to my laptop. Now the question... is it possible to use the sim
>>card from that new phone in an AT&T USB modem that I used to use with
>>the computer (but have since cancelled the service)?
>>And a second question,,, can I get in trouble if I just remove the sim
>>card and try it in the modem?
>It very likely won't work. Data from a modem is different, and they
>know that. It MAY work for part of a day, then stop working.
I guess a reason I thought it might work is because back when I had
the modem activated, I sometimes got messages and information from
AT&T that "sounded" like they thought I had a phone, ie like they
thought I had voice capability.
What the heck, if I get bored I just might try it and see. As it is,
I've now figured I can tether the phone using a USB cable and PDAnet,
so there's really no longer an incentive to actually use the sim card
in the modem.