Let's assume that I know my device will fall in the ocean in 6 months, I'm not allowed to buy insurance, and my contract expires in 18 months. I'm also a terrible swimmer, and Michael Phelps won't get it for me.

I would think that you could reverse engineer the code and make your own phone calls from a different device, even without the sim card. You just need to be able to program it.

I'm mostly curious if this has been done before and if it has a name. Are there any similar tricks/ideas?

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    My advice would be - take the easier route. Improve your dexterity and hold on to the phone. – wbogacz Mar 26 '14 at 0:14
  • I can't help it. I'm clumsy. – Millie Smith Mar 26 '14 at 0:18
  • Sorry, this is off-topic because it has nothing to do with Android. – Matthew Read Mar 26 '14 at 15:33

If something like that should happen, you can just get your carrier to "port" your phone number to a new SIM card, and use that in the replacement/spare device. This is more or less the same process you use to transfer your number to a different carrier, but a lot simpler in this case. After all, they're the ones in control of what phone number goes with what SIM. Ask the carrier for a replacement SIM and they should be happy to oblige.

  • I appreciate the answer, though I was really trying to create a scenario in which I was forced to do it myself. I apparently failed :). – Millie Smith Mar 26 '14 at 0:11
  • I believe that would be illegal. Isn't it akin to SIM cloning? It has various security threats and is illegal to prevent terrorism and loss of personal information or identity. – Aditya Somani Mar 26 '14 at 1:01
  • @AdityaSomani Yeah. There are definitely malicious uses for this information. Makes it hard to learn this area of computer science :/. – Millie Smith Mar 26 '14 at 2:12
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    @MillieSmith That's why your question should tell us exactly what problem you're trying to solve. It's hard to answer a question when it requires a kind of guessing game about what the questioner is really trying to achieve. – Dan Hulme Mar 26 '14 at 9:07

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