Accessing Your iPhone’s SIM Card

By , Dec 24, 2010

The presence of a SIM card slot is one of the things that differentiates the iPhone from your run of the mill iPod Touch. How do you access the SIM card inside, and why would you even need to replace the SIM card?

One good reason for doing so is if you plan on traveling abroad. You can receive much cheaper rates by using a SIM card originating from the country you’re visiting. Of course, there are other valid reasons and additional points that you’ll want to keep in mind as well…

If you ever want to unlock your iPhone, learning how to remove your SIM card is one of the first steps towards that goal. If you’re an iPhone 4 owner, and plan to use your phone on another carrier, chances are you’ll have to learn how to cut your SIM card as well.

Do you have any other SIM card related tips or tricks? Please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

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  • Wikan

    I travel frequently so i bought a sim card cutter from dealsextreme, http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.41275 they are even cheaper on ebay. Switch my sim everytime i arrive in a different country, everyone should do it.

  • http://www.monkey.com Monkey

    If you travel, I suggest using another phone instead of iPhone since you cannot copy contacts to SIM without using third party app. Even my old Sony Ericcson, a 10 years old phone, has the Copy Contacts to SIM option

    • http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com Jeff

      Hey Monkey, I believe you can use the native “Import Sim Contacts” to accomplish this.

      • Z

        For that he/she is a monkey =)

  • Bikey

    @Monkey Why would you even want to copy the contacts to another SIM-card? That is so old school;-) Just swap SIM-cards and use the contactlist from your Iphone! So keep using your IPhone and swapping cards is in fact the easiest way.

    If you want to copy/sync contacts to another location use ITunes-sync or e.g. Gmail/Exchange-sync!