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Thailand plans to track non-citizens with their mobile phones

Thailand is considering a proposal to track the location of all SIM cards acquired by foreigners, be they tourists or resident aliens. The plan’s been floated as a way to assist law enforcement agencies combat trans-national crime. Thailand borders Cambodia, Laos and Burma, three nations that have reasonably porous borders, seldom score well on measures of incorruptibility or governance and have form as participants in heroin supply chains. Thailand’s military-led government is very keen to maintain calm in the Kingdom and is also very nationalist, so making life a little hard for foreigners is true to form and will not irritate many of its supporters.

The nation’s tourism operators may beg to differ: about 20 million people visit the nation each year. If you’re one of them, the plan’s not in action yet but has been agreed in principle. It’s hoped the scheme will be up and running in about six months, by which time you’ll only be able to buy trackable SIMs when you visit. The good news is that if your phone roams, you’ll be exempt. And with roaming plans now catering to travellers there’s a good chance you can bring your phone to Phuket without taking a bath on roaming charges.

Resident aliens will be moved to the trackable SIMs. Many such folk move to Thailand to invest or bring expertise to the nation and are unlikely to be happy that their every move is observed. One small upside is that the nation’s telecoms regulators aren’t entirely sure how to make the tracking work, with cell connection data and GPS both under consideration.

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References

  1. ^ Global DDoS threat landscape report (go.theregister.com)

How to unlock iPhone: Use any SIM network in the UK

How to unlock iPhone: Summary

Most iPhones purchased in the past year or so will already be unlocked. Other iPhones can be unlocked using a third-party service, but it’s very expensive. Your mobile operator will usually offer this service for free, and you can begin the process using an online web form or over the phone (contact details are listed here).

How to unlock iPhone: In-depth guide

If your iPhone is locked to a particular carrier, it can be truly frustrating. Some iPhones1 will only work with a SIM card provided to the carrier they’re locked to O2, EE or Vodafone, for example. But there are other ways to unlock your iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S2, iPhone 5C3, iPhone 64, iPhone 6 Plus5, iPhone 6s6, iPhone 6s Plus7 and iPhone SE8 so that you can use any SIM card. Here, we show you how. Some iPhones are easier to unlock than others, depending on the carrier and the phone’s circumstances. Most iPhones purchased within the past year will actually be unlocked already, but if your iPhone is older, your mobile phone provider may be able to unlock the phone for free, or you might find that you’re able to unlock your iPhone yourself. You’ll discover that your iPhone has been locked to a particular network if you insert a SIM card from another network into the iPhone and attempt to make a call. If it doesn’t work, it’s likely that your iPhone is locked to your network. You might see an error messages such as “Invalid SIM,” “PAYT Lock,” “SIM Card Not Accepted,” “Enter SP Code,” or “Insert Correct SIM Card.”

Don’t forget that the iPhone 4S uses a MicroSIM, which is bigger than the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE so be sure you’re using the correct sized SIM.

Unlocking your iPhone is completely legal if you purchased the device unsubsidised or have finished paying for your contract. However, if you’re still paying for your contract, you technically don’t own the iPhone yet, so you really should check with your carrier before unlocking it. Here, we’ve got a list of popular UK carriers and how to go about getting your iPhone unlocked by them.

Updated on 1 August with general updates.

References

  1. ^ iPhone reviews (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ iPhone 5S review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ iPhone 5C review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  4. ^ iPhone 6 review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  5. ^ iPhone 6 Plus review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  6. ^ iPhone 6s review (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  7. ^ iPhone 6s Plus deals (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  8. ^ iPhone SE (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)

Petra Expands Its Mobile Biz With Consumer Cellular Fare

Updated! Petra Industries1, the national tech distributor, has added Consumer Cellular products to its growing mobile roster for independent dealers.

The MVNO, which was recently ranked tops among non-contract service brands and marked its 2 millionth customer last fall, is presently represented within Petra s Maximum Mobility line by a six-item assortment that includes the carrier’s Envoy and Doro PhoneEasy 626 flip phones; compatible Motorola Moto E and G LTE smartphones; SIM cards; and a Motorola Moto E accessory kit, which includes a case, charger and MicroUSB cord.234

Related: Consumer Cellular Tries Tablets5

Consumer Cellular meets a demand from Petra customers and we are excited to welcome them to the team, said Tate Morgan, president of the Edmond, Okla.-based distributor.

Their proven track record and exceptional customer service is something that we at Petra are proud to have in common with them and look forward to our future together. Consumer Cellular joins a Petra mobile assortment that includes phones and accessories by prepaid providers GoPhone/AT&T, Net 10 and Tracfone, and unlocked handsets by such brands as Blu, Motorola, RCA, SuperSonic and Whoop. Petra s mobile offerings also extend to tablets, headphones and accessories including cases, chargers, cables, batteries, portable power, Bluetooth speakers, stands, mounts, armbands and power boosters.

References

  1. ^ Petra Industries (www.twice.com)
  2. ^ ranked tops (www.twice.com)
  3. ^ 2 millionth customer (www.twice.com)
  4. ^ Motorola Moto E accessory kit (www.petra.com)
  5. ^ Consumer Cellular Tries Tablets (www.twice.com)
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