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What Should You Do With Your Smartphone’s Old SIM Card?

I don’t know about you, but I get bored of the smartphone I have after 12 months of ownership! Mobile manufacturers release new models all the time. They often have innovative new features which our existing handsets don’t contain.

To take advantage of such new gadgets, we usually upgrade our smartphones and cell network contracts. More often than not, that involves changing the network provider to get the best deal.

Once upon a time cell networks would match upgrade deals from their rivals. These days, competition isn’t so aggressive. They are keen to retain their existing customers. But they seldom spend as much money doing so in 2015!


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Are you planning to jump ship and sign up to a contract with a new network provider? If you are, you will doubtless wonder what to do with your current handset’s SIM card. Today’s handy guide will show you what options are open to you.

Before you do anything – read this first!

The thing about SIM cards is that they contain a lot of personal information. Examples include your contact number and the names and numbers of others on your contacts list.

You are also likely to find text and multimedia messages stored on your SIM card too. As you can imagine, it would be a bad idea for your old SIM card to fall into the wrong hands.

Before you do anything with it, the first thing you need to do is backup your data and then delete it off the SIM card. Aside from security reasons, you can move that information to your new smartphone’s SIM card!

Once that’s out of the way, you need to do one of the following with your old SIM card:

Option 1: destruction

The most common way to deal with your old SIM card is to destroy it. When you’ve figured out how to remove it from your old handset, destroying the SIM card is quite simple.

All you need is a pair of scissors! You just cut across the gold “chip” to render its contents unusable. Be sure to cut it into small chunks and in different directions. For extra security, throw the remains in different trash cans!

Option 2: recycling

Does the thought of adding to the world’s landfill sites annoy you? If so, you might wish to consider a greener alternative: recycling!

There are many companies that offer SIM card recycling services. Some will even pay you money for your old cards! They get recycled into other products, or even into new Workz SIM cards!

Option 3: keep it as a backup

Sometimes you might not want to transfer your old cell number to your new network provider. In that scenario, what you can do is keep your old SIM card as a backup! You could convert it into a pay as you go SIM card with the same number.

You could even keep your old smartphone with it too. That way you don’t have to worry about giving your new number to people you’d rather didn’t have it!