[aprssig] Looking for an appplication ?

Jack Spitznagel frawg at frawg.org
Wed May 6 10:05:47 EDT 2009

Hi Dave,

Brief point of fact for US Cell Phone users:
Most users in the US are tied to "locked" phones that are customed up by
the provider. (I have to suffer through a long Verizon advert during
start-up.) These phones do not have "normal" SIM cards. (yes, a phone
can be "jailbroke", but that is another long discussion) However, we do
now have the right to take our number with us when we switch service
carriers. Verizon/Sprint/T-Mobile/AT&T/etc have online and dial-up
facilities for programing a new phone to acquire the users number. I
believe that the companies caved to this "consumer demand" when faced
with the possibility that SIM cards might become the norm here. Just one
of the many things that have squelched innovation and true competition
in that market here.

Dave Baxter wrote:
> +1nnnnnnnnnn etc..  Should do it?   (+1 is the US international prefix)
> That number will be unique to your SIM card, regardless of the phone it
> is in.

Jack - kd4iz

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