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This thing is usable and works fine once you get the correct drivers and software for it. (I managed to get it to work on Vista 64bit) Build quality is a little plasticky flimsy but okay otherwise.
Works only only for v1 SIM cards. No clear installation instructions on the driver disc. Works for XP and Win2k, not really ok for Vista.
(Moderator: I have no intention of linking to other competitor sites but the only usable drivers are located there)
Firstly the drivers for USB to RS32 (serial port) need to be installed. This is the /USBto232 directory on the driver disc. It makes the SIM reader appear as a COM port (usually COM3) Then install the software from the USB SIM Editor/ directory.
It uses the Prolific PL-2303 USB to Serial (RS232) chipset. After some searching online, the latest 32 and 64bit XP/Win2k drivers can be found at the manufacturer's official site:
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