(Closed) iphone/samsung sim card question

posted 5 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

With Verizon all you would have to do is have him call and activate your old phone after you’ve switched, and they can transfer his contacts at a Verizon store.  Not sure about other companies, though, I’ve only had Verizon.

ETA: I would assume other companies can do something similar.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I worked for AT&T for a long time and this was a fairly common question. Unless something has changed, this really can’t be done. The iPhone uses an internal sim card (unlike samasung, motorola, etc. that are easily removable) and it is very difficult to switch out. They won’t do it for you at Apple or the carrier stores, it’s something you have to take apart yourself, and voids all the warranties.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@iammcdibble:  Oh wow, so with AT&T you can’t use a used phone?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I have sprint and when i purchased my iphone 4s they were able to transfer all of my contacts from my black berry to my iphone with no problem….

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I recently purchased a Galaxy S3 off contract, which uses the microSIM. My old Samsung used the regular SIM, so I couldn’t switch them. I went into an AT&T store, told them I needed a new microSIM and they took care of it for me, no charge. Maybe try that?

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MissBoPeep:  You can use most used phones, very easily… The iPhone is just more difficult because it has the internal sim card.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The AT&T advice is totally untrue.

I switched my sim on my iPhone 4 many times while abroad to be able to take advantage of cheap plans in other countries. I have put it in cheaper phones, etc at various points for travel needs as well.

As long as they support the same SIM card type, it isn’t an issue.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

iPhone sim card is different than other sim cards in phones.  You can’t switch it out.

ETA: I apologize if I have any wrong information.  I am going based of what I was told from others regarding sim cards and iPhones – especially the newer iPhones.  Now I’m curious and would like to contact AT&T myself! 😛

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

iPhone sim cards aren’t internal. They’re easily removed if you have a safety pin.

Look along the edge of the phone and find the small hole next to a rectangular cut out. Push the pin in and the sim tray will pop out. IT WILL NOT VOID YOUR WARRANTY. IT IS MADE TO POP OUT. I don’t know where the other Bee got that information.

They are different sizes depending on the model though…. original iPhone, iPhone 3GS and earlier use the traditional sim card aka minisim; iPhone 4 and 4S use the Microsim. iPhone 5 uses the nano sim. You can easily switch it by going to an ATT authorized store like Parrot Cellular and asking them to switch your account to the microsim. If you go to the ATT company store they’ll charge you 20 bucks for the new sim.

 I bought the original iPhone and since then I’ve upgraded using used phones to avoid paying and signing contracts with ATT. It’s a super easy process to move get a used iPhone working.  

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@iammcdibble:  I apologize if this information is incorrect. This was the case with the original iPhone when I worked at AT&T. It came right from corporate.

They must have fixed this with other updates.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@vickyness:  +1! The SIM cards in iPhones have ALAWYS been removed the same way. And has never voided the warranty.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Given how I get contrasting info from ATT all the time; I’m not surprised that corporate gave you incorrect info.

 I actually had the original iPhone and the sim was easily removed using a push pin. Poke the hole; the tray would pop out so you can easily sell your phone. Apple’s kept the same design through the various generations. It’s been a controversial issue since it made iphones so lucrative on the black market. I know a handful of people who had their iphone stolen.

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