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Old 06-12-2007, 07:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyway my question here is: I have an 8100 as my everyday phone I just picked it up a few weeks ago and LOVE it. I ALSO have an 8700g. I use the 8700 at work because its a bit banged up and dirty but has BSE on it and I'm sure when i replace them it will look new again (i work construction as a field engineer). I really don't want the same thing happening to the 8100 so for now I've been switching the Sim card out every morning before work and every evening after work. I know i'm pretty anal. But my question here is: Is there any way for me to run two identical sim cards to cut down on having to remove the same one over and over? Or is there another way I can run this without having to get another line of service or anything? It's a PIA but its worth it to keep the 8100 shiny and new. Any thoughts or suggestions is appreciated.

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It's impossible to have identical SIMs as this would lead to countless problems for carriers and customers alike.

Get a skin for your Pearl. Seidio is a reputable source with good reviews.

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Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry8100/4.2.0 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 VendorID/100)

I've heard about this before. Well. Here's your answer. When I modded razrs (what a shitty phone). There was a program I found off of motomodders.net. It allowed you to duplicate a sim assuming that you had a blank one. I really don't remember what it was called though. Did you go to your provider and explain your situation. I'm sure that they want to keep all their customers happy... Well.... It least if you have tmobile. Go to your provider first and see what they say
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I'm pretty sure the program you mentioned duplicates data stored on the SIM (contacts, SMS, etc). The SIM also has a 19-digit unique ID which cannot be changed because it's burned into the card much like an IMEI is unique to a phone. The network uses this ID to identify you on the network so it knows where to route the calls. If you get a "blank" SIM, that means it has no data stored on it, but it still has its own unique ID which you cannot change.
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thanks for the replies. I did contact Tmo, and they didn't say much about it unfortunatly. I had to ask a few questions as to why I wasn't receiving emails on one of the phones but I got that cleared up very easily. I don't think theres any way other than to swap out like I have been. I'll just suck it up and deal with it, it's only for another month and a half anyway.

I did pick up a Seidio black rubberized case and I've had BSE on all my phones/ipods/car navigation etc. so i'm doing the Pearl up right also
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I think that you are stuck with the swap. Doing it this way means that your calls always go to the phone that you are using. If you had two identical SIM cards, that would mean that both phones could be transmitting to their repective towers simultaneously, and the carrier would have no idea where to route the calls to your number. Wouldn't be surprised if that caused their software to crash system-wide. This is probably why it is not allowed.
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