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Old 02-19-2012, 01:45 PM   #1
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Amazon 3G SIM card use

The telecommunications industry has had to deal with people who want to mis-use the
services since approximately the day after Mr. Bell decided to charge for the service.

A recurring theme here is trying to make some use of the Amazon "Free 3G" serivces
other than what was intended by Amazon.

Since it is rare for anyone to see the view from the "provider side", I am posting four
screenshots from the SIM Control application.
These happen to be from the AT&T system but this control application is the most
commonly used one in the industry. Common carriers other than AT&T use it by license
or (very rarely) invent their own to provide the same features.

The interest here is the "Automation" tab and the basic types of alerts that are provided:

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Those are just the basic alerts, of more interest is the "Custom Business Rules":

The general choices:

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And the basic "what to do about it" choices:

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That last choice is worth another screenshot of its own.

This control center application is not only interactive, it can be accessed
using an API, here is one of its tricks:

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One of the things to keep in mind is that this is a "Real Time System" that sees
all of the events in the processing of the communication as they happen.

Now I can not claim to know the first thing about how Amazon is setup to run their
business, these screenshots are taken from my own account with sensitive information
blanked out of the images.

But if you should feel the urge to put that SIM card, either directly or by tethering, to
another use based on "Nobody will ever notice" - Think again.
You can't tell exactly what is being monitored about that (or any) SIM card.

Another note:
The screenshots above are what "everyone" gets - clients who contract SIM cards
by the millions can also contract for additional features.

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