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I was wondering about the different sim cards used in phones.  I'm sure I have the regular sim card.  If I had to buy 1 of the 3 sim cards that would work in all phones?  I want to use 2 phones (My HTC and iPhone 4) was wondering which sim would work in both phones.  What is this about cutting sim cards I see on craigslist?


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i dont know what HTC you have but HTC one and iphone 4 uses micro sim. 

3 diff sim: standard sim, micro sim and nano sim (usually for newer models).sim depends on the model of the phone. if by accident you purchase a bigger sim card, you can cut it depending on the size of the sim tray found in the phone.just make sure you do not damage the gold plate.if you purchased somethings smaller, no other option but to buy a new one. $10/sim

 

you can get 2 diff sim for your 2 phones but sim will only work if it has a phone number active. so if you get 2 new different sim cards, that means you will have 2 different phone numbers. if you only want to maintain 1 phone number, since sim for 2 phones have the same size, you can just keep one sim card and insert it on whatever phone you want to use for the day (htc one or iphone 4)

 

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Does this  way work.........

 

I have a HTC One V (uses standard sim)

Thinking of getting an iPhone (uses micro/nano)

 

I like the idea of having 2 phones (ie going on vacation/night of partying, don't want to use iPhone incase it gets lost)

 

Having both and going online and swapping SIM throught your online account.  I was wondering if Telus charges you if you keep swapping SIM cards.

 

 

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There is no charge to swap SIMs back and forth. However,
-the phone needs to be unlocked (fees may apply) to accept a non-Telus SIM
-retailers will tell you that adapters are available to put a smaller SIM into a larger slot, which allows you to go back and forth..... until the small SIM falls out and the adapter SNAGs a pin during removal. Then that $10 adapter is not worth the cost to fix the broken SIM pins

Yes, I frequently get a US pass when in the states and then use an older phone with Roam Mobility to maximize my usage on Google Maps and researching my day itinery without constrained by available wifi.

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You can also search for Cut SIM or Cutting SIM on this site.

 

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The HTC likely uses a micro-SIM card which is the same as your iPhone 4. You didn't specify which HTC model so that's only a guess.

As for cutting SIM cards it's fairly easy to hand cut a regular SIM down to mico-SIM. Cutting down to nano-SIM (iPhone 5) is harder unless you have a die tool.
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Easier to have one sim for each phone and proceed on the website to "change equipment" whenever you want. Contact Support they will confirm this. This is what I plan to do.
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Just checked on the Web. HTC One uses micro-sim and iPhone nano sim.
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Right iPhone 4... Sorry for the oversight
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@Maartin6608 wrote:
Easier to have one sim for each phone and proceed on the website to "change equipment" whenever you want. Contact Support they will confirm this. This is what I plan to do.

Be extremely careful if you are are swapping SIMs with devices with different SIM card sizes.  If you plan to use an adapter to fit a smaller SIM into a larger slot... often the smaller SIM card falls out and the adapter snags a pin when exiting.  Big phone repair costs.  I no longer use SIM card adapters.

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i dont know what HTC you have but HTC one and iphone 4 uses micro sim. 

3 diff sim: standard sim, micro sim and nano sim (usually for newer models).sim depends on the model of the phone. if by accident you purchase a bigger sim card, you can cut it depending on the size of the sim tray found in the phone.just make sure you do not damage the gold plate.if you purchased somethings smaller, no other option but to buy a new one. $10/sim

 

you can get 2 diff sim for your 2 phones but sim will only work if it has a phone number active. so if you get 2 new different sim cards, that means you will have 2 different phone numbers. if you only want to maintain 1 phone number, since sim for 2 phones have the same size, you can just keep one sim card and insert it on whatever phone you want to use for the day (htc one or iphone 4)

 

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Does this  way work.........

 

I have a HTC One V (uses standard sim)

Thinking of getting an iPhone (uses micro/nano)

 

I like the idea of having 2 phones (ie going on vacation/night of partying, don't want to use iPhone incase it gets lost)

 

Having both and going online and swapping SIM throught your online account.  I was wondering if Telus charges you if you keep swapping SIM cards.

 

 

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There is no charge to swap SIMs back and forth. However,
-the phone needs to be unlocked (fees may apply) to accept a non-Telus SIM
-retailers will tell you that adapters are available to put a smaller SIM into a larger slot, which allows you to go back and forth..... until the small SIM falls out and the adapter SNAGs a pin during removal. Then that $10 adapter is not worth the cost to fix the broken SIM pins

Yes, I frequently get a US pass when in the states and then use an older phone with Roam Mobility to maximize my usage on Google Maps and researching my day itinery without constrained by available wifi.

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Oh thank you for your response.  The iPhone I would buy would be from the Apple Store (not giving Telus the satisfaction) and getting the SIM card through Telus for $10.   

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Getting a phone from the manufacture will save you money on unlocking fees ($35?), the 90 day unlock restriction and frees up from contract commitments.  However, if you do plan to be using the Telus network for a few years... you might find the phone discount will save you money.

 

  • $230 iphone 5s silver 16gb at Best Buy with a 2year commitment
  • $719 for same phone at Apple Store

Factoring the $35 Telus unlock fee..... you can still save $454 plus taxes if you plan to stay with Telus for 2 years or more.  Wow that can be a plane ticket to Hawaii or a trip to Vegas to try out that fancy US sim card.

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Well I have calculated the cost.  If I keep my current plan $38.70 and buy the iPhone outright $719 I would save almost $500 over 2 years over Telus' $80+ and $229 iPhone.  I don't think spending an extra $41 a month X 24 months is worth getting a subsidized phone (I would only gain 100 MB of data and u/l calling, I have 300 daytime nationwide minutes).  Plus if I decide after a few months to leave Telus I can.