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Changing SIM Cards

Why Should You Buy A New SIM Card?

So you've got a phone, and you want to buy a SIM card to use a different service provider.

If you've been thinking about switching to another service provider, you're probably wondering "do I need a new SIM card?" Short for "Subscriber Identity Module", the tiny SIM card in your phone is what gives your phone the capabilities to call and text from your unique number. By purchasing a new SIM card, you're enabling your phone to work with a new cell phone service provider.

All About Changing a SIM Card

Changing SIM cards can be fast and easy if you know where it is located in your phone.

  • First, buy a SIM card and remove it from the packaging. SIM cards are quite small, and are often shipped as a detachable part on a full-sized card.
  • Remove the old SIM card from your phone. It might be located under the battery pack, or through a small slot on the top, or side of your phone. It can be removed with the help of a pin, or paperclip.
  • Carefully replace the old SIM card with your new SIM card. If necessary, put the battery pack back into place, and snap shut. The phone should now display your new phone service provider's information on the screen.

Before you buy a SIM card, make sure that the phone you intend on using is unlocked, otherwise changing SIM cards won't work. If your phone is locked, it may display a notice for you to enter a code.