Monday, August 8, 2011

Keeping Your Old SIM Card

The real brains that makes your phone smart in the first place is a tiny little chip called a SIM card. When you turn on your phone and you see a message that it is “loading,” the SIM card is where it is finding all of the information that makes that phone reflect your unique personality. For that reason, it is a good idea have a game plan for rescuing that old SIM card if and when the need arises.

SIM Card in Apple 3GS
It helps to understand some of the details of what the SIM card is all about. The term “SIM” is actually an acronym. It stands for Subscriber Identity Module. While you do not need to know that to understand how to keep your old SIM card, it makes for good trivia to use at parties. The purpose of the SIM card is to hold the unique data and applications that make that phone yours. That data will include your entire phone number list, your identifying data, and any apps that you may have downloaded to the phone.

It is not difficult to remove the SIM card from the interior of your phone. In fact, any time you buy a new phone, it is smart to learn how to pop that SIM card out. You can remove it to keep in storage for safekeeping or for a number of other reasons. Often it does not even require that you open the housing of the phone. The first step of saving your old SIM card is to remove it from the old phone.  See the instructions for your specific phone for details on how to do this.

You will need some numbers from the phone to make your rescue effort of your old SIM card go more smoothly. One number to get on paper is the International Mobile Equipment Identity number for your phone. To find that, pull the battery up and look in the housing for the IMEI code. Also record with that number all identifying numbers that are on the SIM card itself.

The next step is to get a dialog going with your cell phone provider. If the reason your old SIM card stopped working had to do with your account, you really do not have a hardware problem. Pay the bill or fix what ails your cell phone account and that often will make your SIM card begin to function good as new.

Your cell phone provider customer service representative will be able to help to determine if your old SIM card can be saved. If it is physically damaged, there may be nothing that can be done for it. If you are moving from an old technology phone to a new phone, the old SIM card may not be able to function simply because it is obsolete. However, the cell phone technical support people may be able to provide you with a phone housing that can be used to plug into your old SIM card so you can download your crucial data to be used to bring your new phone and your new phone SIM card up to date.

The IMEI code and SIM card numbers will be important if you work with a technical support representative with the cell phone provider. If the phone needs repair, keeping the SIM card safe in a secure place is smart because you can always replace it when the repaired phone comes back. You can also easily move a SIM card from one damaged phone to a replacement phone that is the same model and design. As long as the SIM card is undamaged, it can migrate with no difficulty and you will not lose any of your private data.

You do not necessarily have to migrate the SIM card when you change the battery in your cell phone.  If you take the phone into a local office of your cell phone provider to have the battery replaced, it is smart to know how to take the SIM card out. If your SIM card had sensitive personal data on it, keeping the SIM card in a protected place even during routine maintenance is wise. Because you have taken the time to understand how to give your SIM card plenty of tender, loving care, you are prepared to avoid data loss where others suffer with the problem routinely.

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