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Included with the announcement of new iPads yesterday we saw Apple SIM, a multi-carrier-capable SIM card baked into the cellular models of the new devices allowing customer choice of data carriers. There are some limits, of course, mostly that carrier partners thus far only include three US carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. If you want to use overseas data partners or don't have a new iPad, well, you're out of luck with Apple SIM. GigSky, however, has been allowing this functionality for almost two years, providing a multi-carrier data SIM usable in over 100 different countries, included here in the USA. You simply launch their iOS app and buy whatever data you need right inside the app. In many countries your GigSky SIM will get you 10MB of free data, enough to get a quick glance at your email and, if necessary, buy more data. No more getting off the plane and having to hunt down a SIM. Just head straight to your hotel room and GigSky has you covered. GigSky SIMs cost just US$19.95, and a la carte data options begin at $10. Definitely worth checking out.
Dave Hamilton has been attending Macworld Expo for decades, both as an attendee and then as part of his professional life. He's sad that Macworld Expo is gone, sure, but he's not surprised. In fact, he sees this as an opportunity opening itself up to our market.
Dave Hamilton has kept us all apprised of his decision-making process in choosing his new iPhone model. He's finally settled on the iPhone 6 Plus, but it wasn't nearly as easy a decision as he originally predicted, and he explains why.
Many users of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are finding it impossible to re-link with Google Voice for voicemail. When entering in the classic **004*1[GV-Number]# sequence users are seeing a "Setting Registration Failed" message instead of the happy success note. Our testing leads us to believe this is a limitation of the new NFC-capable SIMs in the new iPhones. Regardless, Marcel Brown sorted this out and you have two ways you can enable Google Voice on your new phone. First is to call AT&T and have them set up "conditional call forwarding" for you, or you can set up the 3 big use cases all by yourself with some slightly different commands. "234567890" in Marcel's examples would be replaced with your Google Voice number, including area code:
- Call Forward if Unanswered: *61*1234567890#
- Call Forward if Unreachable: *62*1234567890#
- Call Forward if Busy: *67*1234567890#
Set all three of these and you're good to go. To check the status of these enter *#61#, *#62# and *#67# respectively. To deactivate, enter ##61#, ##62# and/or ##67#. Enjoy!
Dave Hamilton has had his iPhone 6 Plus for less than a day and quickly found that this is a new device category for Apple, and not just a larger (or smaller?) version of that which came before it. The size is not the issue. Dave's issue issue is with the apps.
Apple's Family Sharing in iOS 8 is something many users are eager to setup in order to finally deal with the issue of sharing purchased apps (and music and movies and more) with family members. Frustration has set in for some, however, when the setup process informs users that PayPal is not a valid payment option for family purchases. The good news is that you can set PayPal as an option after Family Sharing is setup, at least for now.
iOS 8 introduces Family Sharing, a feature that allows multiple members of the same family to share app purchases with one another using iCloud accounts. It's not entirely obvious how to link a separate purchases account to Family Sharing, but it is possible, and we'll show you how to do it.
When AT&T first introduced its Next plan earlier this year it was received with a lot of skepticism and negativity. Most reports advised against it saying it was a bad deal, would cost more, and wouldn't let you keep your phone if you wanted to. For Dave Hamilton none of those things are true and they may not be true for you, either. You may find that AT&T Next is the best deal you can get, especially if you're on a family plan with multiple phones.
On Tuesday Apple rolled out its iPhone-based payment system called Apple Pay. This sounds like a great thing, and that could very well prove true, but it's ultimate success could hinge on who ends up paying the transaction fees.
Self-professed watch geek Dave Hamilton was in attendance at yesterday's Apple event and had the opportuntity to demo and wear an Apple Watch. He took some time to share his initial reactions of this completely new product line from Apple.