If you have been patiently awaiting the day that Apple began offering an unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 5s on its online store, that day has finally come. Now, alongside the option to purchase an iPhone 5s through your respective carrier, you are given the option to purchase an unlocked SIM-free iPhone 5s for $649/$749/$849 for a 16/32/64GB option. If you buy this, you will have to have your own GSM SIM card to use with the device because – as the name so obviously states – it doesn’t not come with a SIM. The device also is showing a shipping time of 1-2 weeks, so you’ll have to wait a little longer than a carrier version; if you have waited this long already though, it shouldn’t feel like that much longer.
If you really wanted to have an unlocked device, however, you would have known that some of these devices come unlocked already. The T-Mobile and Verizon flavors of iPhone 5s have been unlocked since launch, so you could have purchased one of those at full retail in order to get your hands on an unlocked device earlier. However, if you were simply waiting for a true SIM-free unlocked device, that device can now be yours (well, in a few weeks at least). If you are interested in picking one of these up, head on over to the Apple online store here: iPhone 5s.
This amazing KnowRoaming sticker looks too good to be true, but as it’s from Canada, it must be the real deal. The KnowRoaming is a sticker which covers your existing SIM card and automatically switches your iPhone to a local network provider when you travel abroad, avoiding crazy roaming fees when you travel.
The inner workings of the KnowRoaming “smart sticker” are not revealed on the site, but it seems like it works in concert with a companion app which lets you add funds to your KnowRoaming account, while co-opting whatever services your host SIM needs to provide to make it happen.
My suspicion is that the KnowRoaming sticker is little more than a fancy-looking SIM in slim sticker form, and works just like all other international SIMS you can buy, operating via carrier agreements, but I could be wrong: maybe this really does masquerade as a local SIM on a local network – but what then of activation.
Mysterious indeed, but also very useful for frequent travelers. Currently I’m using testing a rather excellent case that solves this problem by providing storage for several SIMs and a SIM removal tool, but auto beats manual every time I guess (except in cars).
The confusion is further compounded by the Kickstarter-style funding system, which offers all the delays and doubts of crowd-funding, with none of the security of a known service like Kickstarter.
Source: Cult of Mac.