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.
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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.
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.
Prepaid micro-SIMs for the iPad look like a great deal for iPad owners who mostly use Wi-Fi but occasionally want on-the-road access. But be careful -- if you don't regularly use your SIM, it might expire altogether.
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.