Micro-SIM cards were developed as a way to provide for the shrinking size of tablets and smartphones alike. With the smaller overall size, the SIM cards had to likewise scale down in order to accommodate these changes. While no one welcomes the thought of changing SIM cards – especially the added expense – along with changing phones, there is, as it turns out, a solution that will allow current users to continue on with their current SIM cards, even though they're a bit too big...at least, in their present state.
The good news is that the only real distinction between a regular SIM card and a micro-SIM card is the size and the word "micro.” Apple first brought the micro-SIM into play for the iPhone (News - Alert) 4, and ever since, device makers increasingly began adopted it for their own.
Thus, turning a regular SIM card into a micro-SIM card isn't a terrible complex operation. In fact, the operation is so simple that there are three different ways of going about doing it.
The first – and perhaps easiest way – to go about this conversion is to simply go to the most relevant wireless store and ask them to cut the card down. At least one T-Mobile (News - Alert) location reportedly has what's known as a micro-SIM cutter on hand to perform the task, and other locations are likely to have it as well.
Simply call ahead to the most handy store and check to see if they have the devices. Conversely, Amazon sells micro-SIM cutters for as little as $3.93, and buying direct via Amazon costs just seven cents more, complete with free shipping.
Finally, for those simply wanting to use the tools they have on hand, templates are available to show those wanting to cut down their own micro-SIM cards, though this does have the potential to damage it. Some care is required to do the job correctly, but it can be done with as little as a pair of scissors and some advance planning.
Thus, making a micro-SIM card out of an old SIM card is a comparatively simple task that should save those users looking to get into devices with micro-SIM technology a bit of time, money and hassle. Saving these three things – especially money these days – is always welcome.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo