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Hi Lifehacker, I'm heading overseas for 12-18 months and I'd like to keep my mobile phone number active as it's the failsafe/reset for several online services I use (Gmail, LastPass and so on). I won't be using it for outbound calls, just to be able to receive the occasional SMS or incoming call for verification.


Dear Lifehacker, A friend of mine recently acquired a new phone and had to get a new SIM in the right size. That made me wonder: why do we still use SIM cards? American CDMA phones are SIM-less, so are there any specific reasons why SIM cards are still needed here?


One of the minor annoyances of the iPhone 5 is that is uses the nano SIM format, and replacement SIMs are in short supply if you're not buying on contract through a major telco. Amaysim has confirmed it won't have its own branded nano SIMs until November, but the MVNO is offering to hand-cut replacement nano SIMs for any existing customers who have purchased an iPhone 5 outright.


Jetstar's announced its very own SIM for travellers looking to keep their calling costs down as they gallivant between continents. As part of the launch, they're offering the card for $19.25 (down from its $40.25 RRP), excluding $7 (?) for delivery.


Newly launched mobile company Tru offers you numbers for multiple countries on a single prepaid SIM, potentially saving you a fortune on roaming charges and insane data charges. However, the structure of the plans is quite complex, and whether you'll save money might depend a lot on your usage habits.


Nick over at Gizmodo reports on how Optus (and Optus network reseller Virgin) are offering "2-In-1" micro-SIMs for iPhone 4 buyers ahead of the July 30 Australian release. Customers who -signed up for iPhone 4 updates from either carrier can get sent a standard-sized SIM now, which will then be popped out converted to micro-SIM format when they purchase a new iPhone. It sounds like a nifty way to switch phones with minimal fuss, but from a consumer point of view, it's a pretty risky thing to do.