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SIM Manager
Manage your phone numbers easily with SIM Manager

09 December  2001
Reviewed by Kinny Cheng


Sales package (should contain):

1 x SIM Manager Professional installation CD

1 x SIM card reader

1 x SIM card holder

1 x warranty card

SIM Manager package



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 functions.

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 Product SIM Manager

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.

The Experience

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.

Screen
  "Layout of SIM Manager screen"

In summary…

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.

Related links:
SIM Manager website

 

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