Many of us have come to rely on our mobile phone more and more.
It’s not just for making and receiving calls – but to help us
keep our lives at our fingertips. We
now see more phones that have various PIM (personal information manager)
functions – such as built-in, detailed calendar and phone book
But what happens when
we want to take a copy of this information and put it somewhere safe?
Yes, there are software out there, sometimes supplied by the
manufacturer, which would let us synchronise between the phone and PC.
But what happens when we choose to save information on the SIM card
instead? Is there a way to
back that information up?
The SIM Manager
Professional, manufactured by Smart Silicon Systems (an Australian-based
company), is a product that can read the information from your SIM card to
a PC – where it can easily manage that same information by the provided
software. This is the first
kind of product that I have seen in the market that is able to directly
interact with a SIM card.
Included in the sales
package is the CD-ROM that contains the software, the SIM card reader, a
SIM card holder and a warranty card.
Operating instructions are provided on the box and in the help
files after the provided software is installed.
Setting up the product
was a breeze. After inserting
the CD-ROM, it ran the setup program automatically.
On completion, I plugged in the SIM card reader and holder (with my
SIM card inside) and started the SIM Manager program.
It automatically detected the reader and I was ready to do some
backing-up! It was very
simple to set up.
I had a brief play with
the product – and found it to be quite useful because I mainly used the
memory on my SIM card instead of the one on the phone.
Although I did have another piece of software that let me copy the
same information to my PC, it was unable to deal with SMS messages that I
had on the SIM card as well. The
SIM Manager software allowed me to read this off the SIM card and save it
in a file as well.
Another feature of the
SIM Manager software is the ability that it gives you to modify the
security settings on a SIM card. Although
you could do this on your mobile phone, the interface provided may
probably make life somewhat easier. The
software also provides five language options on default – English,
German, Spanish, Italian, and Malay – which alters the text of the menus
to your liking.
SIM Manager screen"
So is it useful?
Probably… depending what kind of mobile phone and PC you have.
For those who have IR (infrared) ports on both your phone and PC,
there may be other software available that can do the same task available
on the Internet (for example, LogoManager for Nokia phones).
Your phone’s manufacturer may also have software that enables you
to backup information on your phone (check the product support section of
their web site).
But for those people
who may not have phones that can be easily linked up with a PC, and would
like to have their SIM cards backed up on a regular basis, then the SIM
Manager may just be the answer for you.
Priced at $49
(including GST), the package can be purchased on the SIM
Manager website in a multilingual or a Chinese-only version.
Freight is extra and they do national and worldwide shipping.