5/7/2008 10:56:00 AM
New unlocking chip for handsets launched in UK
Retailers selling unlocking chips for handsets say that interest in the chips has increased, as another device was launched in the UK this week.
The SIMable chip sits underneath a regular Sim card and fools a mobile phone into thinking it is unlocked from its network. Users of the device have to punch a hole in their Sim card to enable the unlocking device to fit into a handset, but manufacturers say that this method does not invalidate a handset’s warranty, unlike traditional unlocking methods.
It is claimed the device works with a range of Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG and BlackBerry handsets.
The SIMable release follows another similar unlocking device launched earlier this year, the Alpha-X-Sim.
Mehran Mehmood of Fonetec, who charges £15 for the Alpha-X-Sim, said he was selling between 10 and 20 per week in his store, and ‘hundreds’ via his wholesale network.
The SIMable chip costs £16.99 and each package includes the chip and a customised cutting press to cut a hole out of the Sim card.
The company is seeking global distributors and resellers to market the product.