The Cell Phone Spy is a USB device that lets you download the contents of a cell phone’s SIM card, make changes to the information, and read all of its text messages–even the deleted ones. The level of control a person has over the information on the SIM card is impressive, and the program is manageable and simple to install and use.
Inside the box you get the USB Cell Phone Spy Reader in which you would insert your SIM card, the Cell Phone Spy Reader Software CD for installing the program onto your computer, and a short manual that explains most of the functions of the program as well as the installation process.
The initial set-up is pretty easy, and just keep in mind that I’m the type of person that has issues with most gadgets when I first get them. First, you insert the Cell Phone Spy disc into the computer, and follow a few short directions outlined in the manual. You don’t really even need the manual, because the installation steps pop up one by one during the process. You’ll figure out the series of ‘nexts’ and ‘okays’ you need to click to continue installing in no time. But if you aren’t as confident about your technological prowess such as myself, do glance at the manual just to double check. At the end of the installation process, you’ll end up with a desktop shortcut for the program, which you’ll click for the program to come up.
Once the installation is complete, you’re ready to insert the SIM card into the device. If you turn your SIM card reader over there’s a little diagram that shows you which way the SIM card needs to be inserted, with the angled side facing the left if you’re looking at the front of the device. Then, insert the reader into a USB port. You should be able to successfully access the information in the SIM card.
Using the Device:
When you open the program on your screen, you see a grey box with multiple navigation options. At first i was a little intimidated by all the different categories the device had. I mean, what’s the difference between Undelete SMS and Restore SMS anyway? But you get the hang of it pretty quickly just by navigation through the different categories.
You’re able to read the details of the SIM card’s phone book and look at all the contacts that are saved on the SIM card. Under that is a tab called “Read SMS,” which allows you to see read already read messages, unread messages, sent messages, and to be sent messages. What I thought was pretty cool, if you want to be sneaky that is, is double clicking on a text message to open a window which allows you to edit the text and save it back into the SIM card, or even delete it. You can also do the same with the numbers of contacts, changing them on the SIM card. So for example, the number of that unsavory boyfriend your daughter likes could be revised so she wouldn’t be able to contact him anymore, and probably never be the wiser.
You can even create a new text message by clicking ‘new,’ putting in a number and whatever you want to write in the text box. Upon clicking okay, your message ends up in the ‘to-be sent’ category under the Read SMS tab.
The feature of the program that seems to be getting the most attention is the one that allows you to read deleted texts. When you click on the tab underneath which specifically shows you deleted SMS messages, you can undelete them, edit them, and even save them back into the SIM card with the changes you’ve made.
Switching between application tabs takes a bit of time though, because the device needs to pull the relevant data from the SIM card, which takes about a minute or so. When you’re waiting to see what the SIM card holds watching it crawl to 100% is torture.
- Useful for editing text messages, contact information, and numbers
- You can back up numbers and contact information on the computer
- Switching between categories takes a bit of time
- Not all phones store all information (like text messages) on a SIM card, so it excludes smartphones like Blackberry and iPhone
If you need to access files on someone’s phone and they have a phone with a SIM card, this is a pretty powerful device to have. What I like about the device is that it’s so simple to use. You literally install the driver on your computer then insert the SIM Card Spy into your computer. The fact that it’s USB and self-contained makes it really easy to use and carry around. The device made it easy for me to access older texts on my SIM card and I can see how a parent or spouse would use a device like this to determine their family members safety and well being. Especially with so much cyber bullying and “sexting” on the news, this seems like a great tool for a concerned parent.