At the time of writing the only devices to use a Micro SIM (a smaller version of a traditional SIM card) are the iPhone and the iPad.
However this has now changed, the Motorola RAZR or Droid RAZR as it is known in the USA requires a Micro SIM if you want to use your device properly.
This is a short guide that tells you how to obtain a Micro SIM, or if simplicity is of uppermost importance how to create your own.
Essentially there are two options.
Option 1 – Commit to the Micro SIM (Neater but potentially more problematic solution)
Option 2 – Make your traditional SIM into a Micro SIM (Not so neat but more flexible and often preferred option)
This option is where you decide you no longer need a traditional sized SIM card and the Micro SIM is the way forward. You can always change back to a standard sized SIM again but it is a bit frustrating.
Now the exact procedure may vary depending on your location and network provider, but as a general rule you can do the following and you should have success.
1. Call your network operator or visit a store of theirs and ask them to send you/provide you with a Micro SIM. At this stage you should be aware of a few things:
- Many people are not yet aware that devices other than the iPhone use a Micro SIM so you may get some resistance in them sending one if you do not have a iPhone or iPad.
- You may need to specify if you are a pay monthly or pay as you go customer as the Micro SIM they send could be different.
2. Call or speak to your network provider in store to ask them to activate the SIM and transfer your current mobile telephone number to the new Micro SIM. Sometimes this can be done online, but often over the phone. It may take a couple of hours or days depending on their system. Once converted your old traditional SIM will not work, but your new Micro SIM will.
3. Insert the SIM in the phone and you should now be able to operate like normal.
Now if you do change your device or want to put your SIM in another handset that does not have a Micro SIM slot you have several options.
1. Complete the same above process but doing the reverse but moving from a Micro to a traditional sized SIM.
2. Use the Micro SIM adapter supplied by your network provider to use in a standard SIM slot. (ONLY SOME PROVIDERS OFFER THESE)
3. Purchase a Micro SIM card adapter (as shown in the picture), that you can pop the Micro SIM into to essentially make it a full sized SIM that you can use in a traditional SIM card slot. Can be purchased from the likes of eBay for approximately £1/$2.
So that is option 1.
Possibly the ‘best’ solution, but not the most attractive. This process involves cutting down your traditional SIM card to Micro SIM size.
A Micro SIM is just a standard SIM card with less outer material around the metal contacts. Therefore this option of cutting a standard SIM is a perfectly suitable option, it just takes 5 minutes and a bit of patience.
The benefit of this process is that it can be quicker than changing to a Micro SIM and it does not involve the process of obtaining and activating your new Micro SIM and transferring your mobile number.
We should say here you can buy online (eBay for example) special cutters to do this process for you. They are fairly cheap, approximately £3/$5 but of course you need to wait for it to arrive and it does the same job!
Clove Technology recommends this process based on their testing and understands the process to be suitable, but this process is carried out at your own risk and Clove will not be held responsible for any issues that occur as a result of following this documented procedure.
The steps are as follows.
1. Take your standard SIM card and put it next to a ruler. It will measure 25mm (2.5cm tall) and 15mm (1.5cm wide).
2. Measure around the metal contacts (the main part of the SIM and the bit we need). You need to measure 12mm (1.2cm) by 15mm (1.5cm) as shown in the following image. If possible mark on the SIM card to make cutting easier.
12x15mm is the size a Micro SIM must be. It is with these measurements that you must stick to when cutting.
3. Cut the SIM card to the previously mentioned dimensions.
4. The SIM is now a Micro SIM and can be used in your new device (Motorola RAZR, iPhone 4 etc).
It is worth noting here that if you have just followed the above process it is probably worth purchasing a Micro SIM card adapter (as shown in the picture), that you can pop the Micro SIM into to essentially make it a full sized SIM that you can use in a traditional SIM card slot (if required). It can be purchased from the likes of eBay for approximately £1/$2.