1. greydarrah's Avatar
    Can you swap 4G sim cards from one 4G phone to another? I've got a Bionic right now and I'm buying the Nexus when it comes out, so I was wondering if I can put the Bionic sim card in the Nexus (or vice verse) and be good to go? One of the reasons I ask is that I intend to update the Bionic to ICS whenever it comes out, but I don't want to go through the hassle of deactivating the Nexus, activation the Bionic, updating, then deactivation the Bionic and reactivating the Nexus...man, that's confusing.
    11-01-2011 04:29 PM
  2. Mooem's Avatar
    Yep, as long as the Nexus sim isn't micro sim, which I don't believe it is, then you should be able to swap. I was able to swap from my TB to my Bionic no problem.
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    11-01-2011 04:32 PM
  3. greydarrah's Avatar
    Yep, as long as the Nexus sim isn't micro sim, which I don't believe it is, then you should be able to swap. I was able to swap from my TB to my Bionic no problem.
    So you're saying that you can just power down, pull the sim card out of your Bionic, put it in the TB, boot up and the TB becomes your active phone? Then you can reverse it and the Bionic is active? All with no involvement of Verizon? If this is true, I love it.
    11-01-2011 05:25 PM
  4. Adrynalyne's Avatar
    Nexus is micro sim.

    Normally yes it will be swappable. Not now.
    11-01-2011 08:15 PM
  5. lembowski's Avatar
    Nexus is micro sim.

    Normally yes it will be swappable. Not now.
    Will one of these not work?

    Amazon.com: AFC Trident Micro SIM Card Adapter for Apple iPad and iPhone 4: Electronics
    11-01-2011 08:22 PM
  6. Friend-O's Avatar
    Hmm...this leads to a similar question that I have. When I sell my Bionic to get my Nexus, do I include my sim card with it? I mean, can the buyer use it? Or do I just keep it because they have to go and get a new one for themselves?
    11-01-2011 08:23 PM
  7. Patrick Schroedl's Avatar
    You do not include the SIM if you sell the phone; it is tied to your account and your plan.
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    11-01-2011 08:26 PM
  8. altimax98's Avatar
    So you're saying that you can just power down, pull the sim card out of your Bionic, put it in the TB, boot up and the TB becomes your active phone? Then you can reverse it and the Bionic is active? All with no involvement of Verizon? If this is true, I love it.
    I don't think so. I believe you still have to go onto Verizon's website and swap them
    11-01-2011 08:30 PM
  9. Adrynalyne's Avatar
    I don't think so. I believe you still have to go onto Verizon's website and swap them
    No, he is right. Thats precisely how it works.
    11-01-2011 08:34 PM
  10. Adrynalyne's Avatar
    Would be nice if it does.
    11-01-2011 08:34 PM
  11. lembowski's Avatar
    Would be nice if it does.
    I would assume a micro sim is a micro sim. Would be nice if it does if I could.
    11-01-2011 08:50 PM
  12. milan03's Avatar
    No, he is right. Thats precisely how it works.
    Actually, even though Verizon may tell you that going to their website and swapping is the only way, I've been using my thunderbolt sim in my pantech uml290 modem, and bionic without a single issue. As soon as you swap it, your Verizon page is automatically updated with the new device.

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    11-01-2011 08:50 PM
  13. Adrynalyne's Avatar
    Actually, even though Verizon may tell you that going to their website and swapping is the only way, I've been using my thunderbolt sim in my pantech uml290 modem, and bionic without a single issue. As soon as you swap it, your Verizon page is automatically updated with the new device.

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    You misunderstood. I was agreeing with the poster that just said power down and swap.


    No need to call Verizon or go in.

    I did something similar recently. Sold my Thunderbolt, kept the sim, and dropped it into my other Bolt.

    Works fine.
    11-01-2011 08:51 PM
  14. the one and only M's Avatar
    There is no difference between the micro and normal sim besides the size. An adapter should definitely work.
    11-01-2011 08:58 PM
  15. Iceman0803's Avatar
    There is no difference between the micro and normal sim besides the size. An adapter should definitely work.
    I've actually heard of people trimming down a full size sim card (AT&T) to micro sim dimensions and having it work just fine.

    I actually have a different question regarding sim cards on VZW. Mainly, how's it going to work when I switch from a 3G (CDMA) device to a 4G device? Will I get a sim in the box that I then have to take in to a store to get programmed or is it something I can do on the VZW site myself (assuming that I do get a sim included)?
    11-02-2011 02:57 AM
  16. Adrynalyne's Avatar
    You will get a sim that can be activated;

    • Online
    • Over the phone
    • In the store
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    11-02-2011 03:48 AM
  17. Mooem's Avatar
    It's micro sim? Well then, sorry for the slight misinformation!
    11-02-2011 03:59 AM
  18. Andrew Ruffolo's Avatar
    It's micro sim? Well then, sorry for the slight misinformation!
    Can't tell... there have been photos of both micro and full size sim as well as simless in europe (GSM).

    We'll know soon enough.

    Also, that adapter will not work if this phone is micro sim as you would be going from bigger to smaller not smaller to bigger. That adapter would work if VZW gives you a micro sim with the GN and then you want to use a tbolt/bionic/other full size sim phone
    11-02-2011 04:05 AM
  19. DIE_JCL's Avatar
    I don't think so. I believe you still have to go onto Verizon's website and swap them
    I was able to swap out my TB with a Charge. The only problem is that the profile does not change. If you want all your info that is tied to your google email, such as contacts and apps then you would have to delete the existing profile and add yours. I am only stating what has happened to me on these two phones, the Charge still has my sons' profile and my profile is still on the TB. I always wanted to know this info but was too lazy to try.....glad you asked that question. They are probably right about the micro card swapping out to the smaller mini. Also true that your Verizon account is updated to the phone that your sim is currently activating.
    11-06-2011 04:54 AM
  20. alee's Avatar
    Just to repeat what everyone is saying here:

    1. Verizon's 4G SIM cards hold both your CSIM (CDMA) and USIM (LTE) profiles and credentials. This means swapping your card into another 4G phone moves its entire identity to the new phone without a call to Verizon.

    2. SIM cards (2FF sized) and micro SIMs (3FF sized) are functionally the same. Only their size differs.

    3. Verizon already has 3FF micro SIMs (the Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE uses it)

    4. Micro SIMs are the future (3FF is a standard size, but Apple more or less forced 3FF adoption)... if you have a 2FF device like a Thunderbolt that takes a regular full-sized SIM, you can get an adapter that allows a micro-SIM to sit in a regular 2FF SIM space.

    5. Going the other direction is harder. 2FF sized SIMs can be cut to 3FF size with a SIM cutter/punch. They work ok, but can occasionally ruin/damage a SIM card. I think Verizon charges $10-$15 to get a new SIM. Most SIM cutters are $20. Do the math. The SIM cutters are far more useful if you have an unlocked 3FF global phone (e.g. iPhone 4S) and get a 2FF-sized SIM overseas.
    11-06-2011 11:15 AM
  21. blackmannx#AC's Avatar
    I use an adaptor when I take my sim from my nexus to other devices and as much as I swap devices I havent had an issue.

    Last week:

    Nexus, rezound, Nexus, Xoom, New LG, thunderbolt (to update to gingerbread) back to nexus with a few mins in a Razr to update that devices software.

    brought this awhile ago

    Amazon.com: Micro SIM Cutter, Converter with 2 SIM adapters: Electronics
    11-06-2011 11:24 AM
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