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Subscriber Identity Module

That syncing feeling

Our phones have become our lives - embedding our calendars, cameras, contacts and our link to the outside world into one slim, handheld device. This sounds great - until that smartphone is stolen or lost, along with all that precious information.

Friday, 27 July, 2012, 12:00am

Something important

'What's the name of the thingummybob you use for pulling nails out of wood?' I've forgotten the word!

It happens to us all. You are in the middle of explaining something important and you suddenly can't remember the name of the thing you are talking about. Don't panic! In English, there are a group of lovely words that we can use when we can't remember a particular noun.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Identity crackdown hits SIM card sales

Most Beijing newspaper booths have stopped selling prepaid mobile phone SIM cards as they wait for instructions from the three main phone companies on the implementation of new regulations requiring purchasers to register their identities.

3 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

A smart way to catch criminals

Octopus cards, the pieces of plastic used by millions of people every day to travel and shop, have become one of the police force's secret weapons in the fight against crime. The cards can give vital clues to the identity of culprits even when there are no witnesses or fingerprints at crime scenes.

4 May 2010 - 12:00am

Lenovo P60

There is something very Japanese about Lenovo's new P60 handset. From the mute, metallic and pastel-colour shell, to the sharp rectangular contours of the clamshell, the P60 just screams Tokyo style.

28 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Octopus gives police long tentacles

Octopus cards, the pieces of plastic used by millions of people every day to travel and shop, have become one of the police force's secret weapons in the fight against crime.

The cards can give vital clues to the identity of culprits even when there are no witnesses or fingerprints at crime scenes.

1 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

HK phone cards to be sold in Guangdong

Cross-border commerce between Hong Kong and Guangdong will go telephonic after October 1, when the city's pre-paid calling card suppliers will be allowed to sell their products and services in the neighbouring province.

24 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

two in one

As a frequent traveller, I often buy a SIM card in the country I'm visiting to save on roaming charges for local calls and so the people there don't have to make an IDD call every time I become hopelessly lost in a shopping mall.

11 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Innovators shooting for goal

OFFICE BOUND SOCCER fans around the world have a lifeline during the World Cup from mobile phone companies providing real-time soccer games on their handsets.

Fans who cannot take time off work to travel to Germany will be able to watch the games in glorious colour on the LCD screen of their mobile phone.

17 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Ofta seeks feedback on fee cut

The Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) is seeking public comment on reducing annual licence fees for mobile-phone operators.

Both 2G and 3G operators are charged $4,000 for their first 200 subscribers and $2,000 for each additional 100 subscribers.

A 10 per cent cut has been proposed by the Commerce, Industry and Technology Bureau.

8 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Lose your phone without losing your friends

I lost my mobile phone over Christmas, as did at least five of my friends. I expect the mobile phone companies always look forward to festive seasons for this very reason.

I am trying to find out if there is any software available that one can use to make a memory back-up of telephone numbers to a personal computer.

27 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Mobile phone ownership hits new high

The number of mobile phone subscribers in Hong Kong has hit a new high of 5.77 million - equivalent to 85.8 per cent of the population - just six months after the territory saw its first fall in ownership rates.

21 May 2002 - 12:00am

Black-market decoders worry watchdog

The broadcasting watchdog is considering cracking down on unauthorised reception of foreign pay-television services.

Households in areas such as Sai Kung and Yuen Long could receive Thai satellite TV services by buying decoders on the black market, said Eva Cheng, deputy secretary of the Information Technology and Broadcasting Bureau.

12 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Greedy phone firms losing customers

In your front page report of December 12 headlined 'HK's mobile phone love affair wanes', an analyst you quote correctly attributes part of the reason to 'less intense competition for low-end subscribers among SAR networks'.

Are the various phone companies agreeing on prices?

There is no attempt at flexibility to rope in the indecisive prospective customer.

19 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Officials refuse to accept Lai's line on missing mobile phone card

The strange case of the missing mobile phone card ended yesterday with troubled apprentice Cliff Lai handed a two-month suspension after being found to have given 'statements which were not in accordance with the facts and were calculated to mislead the stewards'.

25 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

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