Some SIM clarification
So I know many on here have been wondering what happens to your SIM card if you switch between a 4G and 3G device, and I got a little clarification this evening.
In the past, its been assumed (and confirmed by VZW employees) that when you switch your SIM card will be retired and you'll have to get a new one. However, as it actually turns out, that's not the case. I switched from my Bolt to a Droid X tonight, and the online activation process ends with a screen that states 'Your SIM will be deactivated after 90 days. Click to confirm you would like to activate this device'.
(Note: This is NOT the case if you port out, however. Since you are actually closing your account with Verizon when you port, the SIM is retired as soon as that happens. )
So there you have it. If you change frequently, you should be good to change back to your 4G device without needing a new SIM.
- 05-06-2011, 08:11 AM #2
I did this exact thing a few days ago, even got the message that my SIM would be good for 90 days. Then a couple days later when I went to activate my Bolt again from my Droid X it would not let me activate it and told me I needed a new SIM. They sent one FREE to me, but I could NOT activate my old SIM.
- 05-06-2011, 08:49 AM #3
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it might say 90 days, but until vzw gets a handle on their sim cards and lte network fully its more like 24 hours.
unless you call vzw and request they deactivate your sim then its more like 30 sec.
Sim cards should be free... iv never heard of a carrier charging for them.
going from an LTE device to another LTE device though is different. you would just take out your sim and pop it in to your new lte phone and it would activate that new device on your line. :PDevices: Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7
- 05-06-2011, 09:24 AM #4
- 05-06-2011, 09:31 AM #5