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  Reply # 366752 12-Aug-2010 12:48
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mrtoken: it reminds me when the power companies came out with the "smart meters" that used the cellphone network to ring home to update the company, people got smart and removed the sim from the meter and used it to ring people and use data in 3g cards. it was rather funny when the installer told me that story 

 


Sorry don't necessarily believe it - certainly not if it was a deployment from any of the major integraters.

SIM cards used in embedded devices for telemetry are typically tied to a specific private APN so it's impossible to use other services on the SIM.


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  Reply # 366768 12-Aug-2010 13:17

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tardtasticx: I read the Kindle coming to NZ will use Vodafone's network and we will have free 3G data on it? If I'm correct, couldn't we just open the case, take the SIM card out and use it in a normal cellphone/laptop with a 3G modem? Not saying I'll do it because mum would flip if I opened hers (I have to buy her one but she's taking it off my laptop debt :D).

I'm just wondering, because when her's breaks I know what I'll be salvaging.
Thats right, the screen *wink* 


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Nothing will ever be free on VF NZ and I was just being silly... Sorry. 

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  Reply # 366771 12-Aug-2010 13:20
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mrtoken: it reminds me when the power companies came out with the "smart meters" that used the cellphone network to ring home to update the company, people got smart and removed the sim from the meter and used it to ring people and use data in 3g cards. it was rather funny when the installer told me that story 

 


Sorry don't necessarily believe it - certainly not if it was a deployment from any of the major integraters.

SIM cards used in embedded devices for telemetry are typically tied to a specific private APN so it's impossible to use other services on the SIM.



Well that is what the installer told me :) they have it locked out now however, the installer was for a smaller power company however (not going to name the power company), and we had a great talk about people removing the earth wire to stop the meter clicking over and people that wired up timers so it looked like the meter was working right.

 

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  Reply # 366773 12-Aug-2010 13:21

mrtoken:
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mrtoken: it reminds me when the power companies came out with the "smart meters" that used the cellphone network to ring home to update the company, people got smart and removed the sim from the meter and used it to ring people and use data in 3g cards. it was rather funny when the installer told me that story 

 


Sorry don't necessarily believe it - certainly not if it was a deployment from any of the major integraters.

SIM cards used in embedded devices for telemetry are typically tied to a specific private APN so it's impossible to use other services on the SIM.



Well that is what the installer told me :) they have it locked out now however, the installer was for a smaller power company however (not going to name the power company), and we had a great talk about people removing the earth wire to stop the meter clicking over and people that wired up timers so it looked like the meter was working right.

 


$$$ That's a $2,000 bill right there... 

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