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liudr

Here is the Seeedstudio GPRS shield:

http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/gprs-shield-p-779.html?cPath=132_134

The wiki page says "Make sure your SIM card is unlocked".

http://www.seeedstudio.com/wiki/index.php?title=GPRS_Shield_v0.9b

What does unlocked SIM card mean? Does one have to get some specially made/hacked SIM card to make it work? I was trying to get a prepaid T-mobile (USA) phone with SIM card to send SMS with the shield. Can someone with experience using this shield give me some answers? Thank you!

liudr

Has anyone used T-mobile prepaid phone sim card on any GPRS shield? Could you share some experience with me? Thanks.

pylon

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What does unlocked SIM card mean?


If you enter a wrong PIN three times your SIM card gets locked and you have to enter your PUK to reactivate it. If you use your SIM card in embedded environments and make a small mistake in the software you have your SIM locked in no time, that's probably why they explicitly mention it.

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Can someone with experience using this shield give me some answers?


You probably first have to ask some questions :).

What does not work? Show us the code you used when it didn't work. Show us the output you get, etc.

liudr

Thanks. I don't have the shield yet. I want to use it with a T-mobile prepaid phone SIM in USA for short messages. I wonder if that works at all, taking that T-mobile SIM and sticking it in the shield then use AT command to send SMS. I hope someone will say "yeah, I did just that and it works."

vlp_arduino

I've got this shield. It works perfectly: SMS & Data !
vlp

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When you use the SIM on a phone, when you boot the phone up and if you need to key in the 4-pin thingy, then it's considered as locked.
The command AT+CPIN=? will let you know whether it's locked or not.
It's kinda scary if you wrongly write them in the firmware (after 3 times, it's locked).
For a GSM module which I wrote the library for (not SIM900), I omitted this SIM pin code function fearing someone might wrongly enter them for 3 times!

liudr


I've got this shield. It works perfectly: SMS & Data !



Thanks!

What AT commands do you use for data?

liudr


When you use the SIM on a phone, when you boot the phone up and if you need to key in the 4-pin thingy, then it's considered as locked.
The command AT+CPIN=? will let you know whether it's locked or not.
It's kinda scary if you wrongly write them in the firmware (after 3 times, it's locked).
For a GSM module which I wrote the library for (not SIM900), I omitted this SIM pin code function fearing someone might wrongly enter them for 3 times!


Thank you! I don't think I saw a pass word screen when I power up the phone. I will surely give it a try when I get the shield.

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