My review is in the sticky thread. Working perfectly so far. Best solution that I've tested.
Received my 2nd set of samples today. package came with 5 high speed, and 2 normal speed virgin-sims. I was very excited to try these, and Im sorry to report that NONE of the 5 high speed versions worked on my 3G. The 2 normal speed versions work, and none required any sanding or modifications to fit. all of them slid in and out of the sim tray as easy as if it werent there at all. I cant imagine why they wouldnt be responsive?
The phone totally ignores the fact that a sim card is in the phone.
I get the messaged in a big popup, "No SIM card installed."
Under normal circumstances this is wht would happen if I placed a sim in to the phone(supported or not)
1)the popup message would disappear
2)the area where the carrier name is currently displaying "NO SIM" would disappear while it checks the card and searches for the network
3)with no carrier name present it would still show the signal strength bars, well it would show a little small bar meaning no signal while it is checking the sim
4)finally it would display NO SIM in the corner and the popup would reapear.
I would think that even if the virgin sim didnt work, it would at least detect that the sim has been inserted, read it and then deny it... but it doesnt even detect it. All 5 of the high speeds had the same end result. The iPhone didnt even flinch when I inserted them. I messed around with them for a good half hour sliding them around moving the sim and virgin sim ever so slightly to see if maybe something isnt making contact but still unresponsive. I know I should be satisfied testing out the normal speed one because it is continuing to work great, but Im just bothered that the high speed will not work.
The craftsmanship on the virgin sim seems high, and doesnt seem to have any visual defects so, the problem has to be with my sim or my iPhone I would think. I have a friend at work that has a 3G also, but he is with ATT.. so I'll see if he will allow me to try it on his. My inlaws have an older sim card, so Ill try it with theirs too. Im hoping to get to the bottom of this. Its really bugging me. :) But at least the normal speed sim is working great!
Put in the high speed card. Turn on Airplane Mode, leave it for a bit. Then turn Airplane Mode off. Then reboot. At first, my high speed sample didn't work either. I tried for a whole hour, fiddling with it. Then I did the airplane mode thing, and miraculously it started working until today. I'm thinking its a fluke, but worth a shot. Try it reznor9.
I got lucky with one of the sample two red virgin sims. It detects signal immediately when driving out of a dead zone. So, I know that these virgin sims have high potential. The software is going in the right direction. The design of the adapter is very good. I hope he can fix the airplane mode problem.
The only major problem is manufacturing, which I hope he can fix. The IC chips are soldered manually and are also sanded. As you have noticed, there are no serial numbers on top of them. The 2mm of metal at the bottom needs to be very hard to prevent bending. I had no issues with the red samples, nor the black samples from the first batch he has sent me. But, the latest batch seem to bend too easily. Making them manually has a high degree of error.
September 2008 T-Mobile SIM card does not work. "NO SIM."
That issue has not been resolved.
Find a 2 year old SIM card.