Most people who use cell phones don’t ever consider their SIM cards until it’s time to get a new phone because frankly, there is no reason to unless you have more than a general interest in technology.
In fact, most people wouldn’t know that there are three different SIM card sizes because it’s always in the back of our phones and we never see it unless we take the battery out for some purpose.
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One interesting thing about SIM cards is that it is quite possible to use the smallest of the three sizes, the Nano SIM card, in any phone. This article will show you how to accomplish this.
NANO SIM VS. MICRO SIM
As earlier pointed out, there are three different sizes for SIM cards: standard, micro, and nano. The standard size SIM cards are usually found in older phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S and Original 1st Generation iPhone. As technology usually goes, the next generation of SIM cards, the Micro SIM, was smaller and allowed smart phones to be slimmer and easier for users to carry. This smaller SIM card also allowed manufacturers to include even more technology in the phones because there was more space. The micro SIM card is found in phone released around the same time as the Galaxy S3 and 4, as well as the HTC ONE X. The size that’s mostly used now is the Nano SIM, and it can be found in the iPhone 5 and most of the other devices that came after it.
USING A MICRO SIM CARD ADAPTER
The first step to using a Nano SIM card in a slot that’s designed to fit a larger one is finding the proper adapter. This is important not only to make sure the new SIM card works, but also because using a bad adapter can cause problems with your device. For example, the SIM could get stuck since there is so much additional space and your efforts to retrieve it could cause major damage. This means that the adapter you choose needs to fit, and you shouldn’t need to use any tape to hold the SIM card in place.
You can find well made adapters that are designed to fit the standards for SIM cards for pretty great prices. In fact, these adapters often come multiple to a pack without breaking the bank, so there is no reason to simply go with the first adapter you see without doing some research.
USING YOUR NANO SIM CARD
Putting the new SIM card into the phone is pretty easy because you essentially put the adapter/card combination into the device like you normally would, but that’s not the only thing to concern yourself with. If your phone has a locked SIM card and only works with a certain carrier, you can only use a SIM card from that carrier. However, hope is not lost. If you have an unlocked phone. You can either get an unlock code from your carrier or you can use a sim card unlocking service.
Technology has made it possible to use a smaller SIM card in your phone than what it came with, and without having to go through a tough process to do so. There are a few aspects to consider along the way, such as adapter size and unlocking your SIM card, but it’s still a relatively easy process.