When I got an email earlier from iPnz user Camtab I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Vodafone are restricting the use of MicroSIM’s between devices and not just between iPhone and iPad, but between iPad 1 and iPad 2 meaning you are going to need to get a new MicroSIM card.
Vodafone already restricted the MicroSIM card between iPhone 4 and iPad 1 and according to reports the SIM cards used for the iPad 1 are tied to iPad 1 IMEI numbers, therefore can’t work in the iPad 2. The question for me is, did Vodafone realise by doing this for iPhone 4 to iPad 1 that it would have a knock-on effect for the iPad 2? Possibly not, you see Apple changed the IMEI number range for the iPad 2, but they are a big enough telco company to realise the effects of locking SIM cards to IMEI’s.
I am also struggling to comprehend just why they would do this when there are two other providers who are happy to let you move your SIM card between devices and I am sure some of you (but not all) will be thinking one thing: WTF Vodafone?!?
Or you maybe thinking who cares, just get a new SIM and get over it, well, yes and no. It’s another $20 you have to hand over to get the new SIM, ok it comes loaded with $19.95 of credit but still. More importantly, though, it’s the hassle you have to go through, especially if you didn’t know. You go to fire it up with your iPad 1 SIM and you get a message telling you there is an error. If you ever wanted a reason to move from Vodafone to XT or 2degrees, now you have one.
As usual we have tried contacting them to find out why they have done this, but alas, no one wanted to reply to us (I’m pretty sure the folk at Vodafone don’t like us, we got blocked by them on Twitter after telling them we thought the iPhone4 launch was a joke). If you’re out there, Big Red, feel free to set the record straight.
So has it affected you? Do you even care? Let us know in the comments below.