The device came in a small package along with a mini CD containing drivers. The packaging advertised the device as the LEAD TIDE Sim reader. Like most things these days, it's made in China. The device has a USB 1.1 interface. There was no product code or number anywhere on the packaging.
Installing the drivers for the device turned out to be harder than I expected. The mini CD's autorun installed some stuff but Microsoft Windows XP couldn't install any suitable driver for the device. The mini-CD had several top level directories with what appeared to be product codes but I couldn't match any to the device itself since it had no product code. Google searches revealed that I wasn't alone in my endeavors to get the device working. Further digging revealed pointers to some third party drivers that work with similar devices but I didn't have any success with it either.
For now it seems to be USD 5 down the drain.