Move a Sim Card Between Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 or Note 2 and iPhone 3, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5

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There are different sizes of SIM card available in the market. Phone manufacturers uses different sizes too to suit their needs. This Howiki will guide you on how to move your SIM card from and to any of the following devices: Samsung Galaxy S3, S4, Note 2 and iPhone 3, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5.

Different phones, different SIM sizes

The phones described above uses different kinds of SIM cards. Normally, you can move a SIM card from an iPhone 4 to an S3 but not to an iPhone 3GS. This may get you quite confused so we made this guide for you:

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From the picture guide above, you can see that all of these devices uses three different SIM cards. These are the type of SIM card and the compatible devices for them:

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    Mini SIM Card - Mini SIM is the most common type of SIM in the market today
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    From the three SIM cards that will be discussed here, this one is the biggest SIM. A big percentage of the cellular phone units available uses Mini SIM. In the guide above, you can see that iPhone 3GS uses it. Since it is the biggest SIM, it will not fit on all the other devices listed on top.
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    Micro SIM - Micro SIM card was introduced when there was a need for smaller SIM cards to maximize space
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    The terminals of the Micro SIM Card and the Mini SIM Card are just the same; only the terminal plastic bed has been reduced. From the three SIM cards that will be discussed here, this one is the middle size. Using the right adapter, you can move a Micro SIM card to a phone supporting a Mini SIM but not to a Nano SIM phone.
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    Nano SIM - Nano SIM was conceived when the need for much smaller SIM cards were realized
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    Since Micro SIM's small size is not enough, Nano SIM's plastic bed has been totally removed leaving the SIM terminal at a bare and the same time making the SIM card smaller. Since only the unused plastic bed has been completely removed, and the SIM terminal untouched, using the right adapters will allow one to use a Nano SIM card to phones that require a Mini SIM or Micro SIM.
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SIM card adapters

SIM card adapters allow you to use a smaller SIM to a phone that requires a bigger SIM card. This is only a step-up process, you can use an adapter to a smaller SIM card and convert it to fit a bigger SIM card slot but not the other wayc around. Check on the three SIM card adapters that we will be using when moving one phone to another phone.

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    Nano SIM to Micro SIM adapter - This adapter will allow you to conver a Nano SIM card and use it as a Micro SIM card
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    You can get one at eBay or at Amazon.
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    Nano SIM to Mini SIM adapter - This adapter will allow you to conver a Nano SIM card and use it as a Mini SIM card
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    You can get one at eBay or at Amazon.
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    Micro SIM to Mini SIM adapter - This adapter will allow you to conver a Micro SIM card and use it as a Mini SIM card
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    You can get one at eBay or att Amazon.
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How to use the SIM card adapters

The picture guides below will help you identify the right adapter for your phone and what devices you will be able to use when utilizing a specific SIM card adapter.

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    Nano SIM to Micro SIM adapter - Allows you to use a SIM card from an iPhone 5 to any of these following phones
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    Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Note 2, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.
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    Nano SIM to Mini SIM adapter - Allows you to use a SIM card from an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS
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    7 micro sim to mini SIM How to Move a Sim Card Between Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 or Note 2 and iPhone 3, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5.PNG
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    Micro SIM to Mini SIM adapter - Allows you to use a SIM card from any of these following phones
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    Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Note 2, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S to an iPhone 5.
    8 micro sim to mini SIM How to Move a Sim Card Between Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 or Note 2 and iPhone 3, 3GS, 4, 4S, 5.PNG
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