Sim card data extractor gadget


23 Responses to “Sim card data extractor gadget”

  1. arkizzle says:

    In othder news, Boing Boing invents the time machine..

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Yester Year!

  2. Takuan says:

    This is why I don’t do business over the phone.

  3. mightymouse1584 says:

    While i have found myself wishing i had one of these, it had much more to do with my desire to be Jason Bourne… exactly like Jason Bourne, and much less to do with any desire to spy on significant others.

  4. geekpdx says:

    Weak sauce. You can get these all over the place for less than $20.

    On top of that, what if someone has a little sense about them and has decided to save their contacts and sms data on their phone’s internal memory instead of the sim card so they can store more than simple (and limited) text?

    There isn’t anything on my sim card except the provider information necessary to authenticate to the network.

  5. jenjen says:

    I love how spying on your wife is the first thing that the vendor suggests. Nice.

  6. Agent 86 says:

    This could take over a lonely weekend. Browse second hand stores, pick up old phone, find out exactly who the owner was. Rinse and repeat!

  7. Erwinrb says:

    I recently did much recent in the sim only market and i figured out there is very much competition in the sim only market. Recently there launched an new european website Sim Only Europe They sell to Netherlands, UK and germany

  8. romulusnr says:

    Um, do any modern phones actually store anything on the SIM card anymore?

    Yes, ooooold phones stored SMSs on the SIM, but I doubt any phone does that anymore, considering the volume of modern SMS use.

    Granted, I have a couple of must-have contact numbers on my SIM, but that was a specific and deliberate act.

    Has the standard distributed SIM increased in capacity at all? I know it’s feasible and may exist, but does any carrier actually issue them?

  9. mcpfol says:

    Mark, how much did they pay for this ad to appear on BB? Those USB smartcard readers are available for $5 all over the internet.

  10. MadMolecule says:

    This would have been really useful three months ago, before I knew my wife was having an affair.

  11. arkizzle says:

    I save ALL my numbers to my sim. Always have, it just makes it easier to swap out your stuff if you run out of battery or pre-pay credit etc, and need to use someone elses mobile..

    SMS’ and pictures on the other hand, are stored in the phone memory.

    Dunno about increased sim capacity, but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a ‘sim full’ notice when saving numbers in my 10 years of use.

  12. paulatz says:

    You can buy this sort of stuff for a few € in many places. I don’t know if they are capable of reading deleted messages, nor if they can bypass a PIN protection on the card.

  13. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Please provides some links for cheaper alternatives. Whining about the price doesn’t help.

  14. Halloween Jack says:

    If I ever get married again, I’m going to put a message on the SIM to a fictitious lover saying that I’ve just poisoned the wife and that her life can be saved only if she goes to the ER immediately and gets her stomach pumped. Big laffs!

  15. noen says:

    iMONO SIM Card + Mulit Card Reader

    Features & Specification:
    # Fully support USB 2.0
    # High speed transfer rate up to 480Mbps.
    # USB Mass Storage supported.
    # SIM Phone Book editing/backup, comes with SIM editor 3.0
    # Rotary Cover Protect.
    # Support Windows ReadyBoost.
    # Supports Windows Vista, XP, 2000, ME, 98SE, 98
    # Size: 8.2 x 3.1 x 1.3 cm
    # Weight: 22gm

    Cards Supporting:
    # GSM SIM Card
    # SDHC 2.0 (Class 2, 4, 6), supoort 4GB~32GB
    # Mini SD, Mini SDHC Card
    # Micro SD, Micro SDHC (T-Flash)
    # Secure Digital Card (SD)
    # MultiMedia Card (MMC), MultiMedia Card Plus
    # RS-MMC (MMC Mobile), RS-MMC 4.0 (MMC Mobile 4.0)
    # MS, MS Duo, MS PRO Duo
    # M2 direct access, no adapter required.

    Price: US$ 19.00

  16. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Thank you, Noen! I updated the post.

  17. arkizzle says:


    Love it!

    Now, how do you spell.. poll.. pollon.. p.o.l.o.n.i.u.m

  18. oceanmajk says:

    Here’s one from Zonet for $19 – plus it’s a 12 in 1 card reader.

    Media Support:
    SIM Card
    MMC mobile
    miniSD Card
    Memory Stick
    Memory Stick Duo
    Memory Stick PRO
    MultiMediaCard (MMC)
    Secure Digital (SD) Card

  19. GaryG says:

    $19, pah… $3.40! :)

    At everyones favourite store,

    Ones that read other formats too start at around $5/6.

  20. cha0tic says:

    I gave up storing stuff on the Sim when I found that swapping it around phones caused all sorts of spurious/duplicate entries in the phone book & failure of caller ID. Plus now I can sync to ‘puter. I retain all the numbers anyway.

  21. zuzu says:

    Word up Noen; I’m glad Mark updated to mention the iMONO because that’s basically the only SIM card reader worth having, since it’ll read just about every other thin card memory format in existence, and no SIM card reader available online can extract KI numbers from COMP128v2 or COMP128v3 SIM cards, only COMP128v1 ones.

    However, I think you can get your carrier to copy your data onto a blank “silver card” for you and claim that it came with your HSDPA USB adapter for your laptop, and that the SIM card your carrier gave you won’t work with your HSDPA adapter. That way you’ve got your KI number on a COMP128v1 card, and you can copy it as many times as you like from there. While your carrier will dispose of the old uncopyable version 3 SIM card they originally gave you.

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  23. freshyill says:

    What exactly can this get you that poking around in the phone can’t? I mean, you’ve already got their phone…

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