If I buy a new phone can I just switch SIM card? Explained

Last Updated on May 22, 2022 by Kennedy

Bought a new phone and thinking if switching your sim card into your new phone will work, I have the answer for you. The right answer to the question of if I buy a new phone can I just switch SIM card.

I noticed that phone user’s are usually skeptical when it comes to switching of sim from one phone to another especially iphone users.

However, I’ve multiple sim cards and I’m fond of switching sim, and with my experience I will explain if you can just switch your sim card to your new phone.

So let’s proceed with the question of today, If I buy a new phone can I just switch SIM card.

If I buy a new phone can I just switch SIM card

Yes you can switch your sim card into your new phone but the phone must be unlocked or the sim card must be compatible with the carrier locked phone.

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When i say the sim card must be compatible with the phone, I mean to say that the sim must be same carrier with the phone if the phone is locked.

For example, you have an AT&T or a T-Mobile locked phone, the sim card must be AT&T or T-Mobile in order to work on the phone.

If your sim card is T-Mobile and you bought a locked AT&T mobile phone, definitely the sim card will never work unless you unlock the phone.

However, if you have a T-Mobile sim card, and bought an AT&T unlocked phone, then you’re good to go cause definitely the sim card will work on the phone.

Where the problem lies is buying a carrier locked sim card or probably a  carrier locked phone, you cannot use any other sim card on the locked phone except for the carrier network.

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So if you have an unlocked phone, then there’s no need asking this question of if I buy a new phone can I just switch SIM card, cause you can switch sim card to the new phone and it will definitely work.

Before switching your sim card to the new phone, you must do the followings;

Copy the contacts to the sim card

If your contacts are saved in the previous phone, you need to copy the contacts to the sim card before removing the sim from the phone.

This is very essential unless you fancy having the contacts on your new phone. Let me show you how you can copy or move the contacts before switching sim card to your new phone.

FOR IPHONE 

You know you cannot copy contacts to sim card on iphone, but there’s this app called easy backup which will help you to copy contact to sim card on your iPhone.

You can import the sim contacts to icloud, and later import the contacts on your new phone.

To do that;

On your iphone, tap on settings and go to contact. Look below you’ll see where it states import sim contacts, kindly tap on that button.

You’ll see three options on the list, they include the followings;

  • Icloud
  • On my iPhone
  • Cancel

Select on iCloud by tapping on the button. Immediately your sim contacts will be imported into the icloud which you can later import the contacts into your new iphone.

FOR ANDROID PHONE

Get started by opening the contact app, and depending on the Android phone you’re using, tap on the menu button.

The menu button is the three horizontal line icon located left corner of your screen (hamburger menu). So kindly tap on the menu button.

Immediately you tapped on the menu button, some options will be displayed to you and this includes manage contacts. Tap on the manage contacts to open another window.

On the next windows are different functions which includes the followings;

kindly tap on move contactsYou will see all the options available on your screen and this include phone, sim card, and your email accounts.

Based on the topic of the post, if I buy a new phone can I just switch SIM card, moving your contacts to your sim card is very important. So kindly tap on phone or email account where your contacts are stored or saved.

If I buy a new phone can I just switch SIM card

On tapping on the location, it will display all the contacts on that very location. For example all contacts saved in phone location.

Select all the contacts and tap done.

Next is the contact destination which should be sim. So on your android phone tap or tick on sim card cause that’s the destination you should move the contacts to.

So kindly tap on sim card and below your screen tap on the move button and that’s it. You have successfully move the contacts from your phone, email address to your sim card.

Can you switch sim cards between phones on AT&T

The answer is yes. As long the phone is unlocked or the sim cards are AT&T, you can easily switch sim card between phones on AT&T. 

However, if the phone is locked or and the sim cards are not AT&T, I’m sorry you can’t switch sim cards on the phone.

Just like I answered on this very question of If I buy a new phone can I just switch SIM card. If you have an unlocked phone, you don’t need to bother yourself about switching sim cards cause the phone will detect the sim or the sim card will work on the phone.

Can i switch sim cards between phones t mobile?

Yes you can switch sim card between phones t mobile if the sim cards are of T-Mobile or probably if the phone is unlocked.

If the phone is locked and the sim cards are not T-Mobile, I’m sorry the phone won’t detect the sim card and it won’t show a network on the phone. So if you have a locked T-Mobile mobile phone, you better get a T-Mobile sim card for the phone.

Can I just move my SIM card to a new phone?

As long as your sim card is compatible with your new phone, yes you can move your SIM card to a new phone.

You may ask what do I mean by being compatible? 

Being compatible here literally means the sim card and the new phone fit together and will work together. This involves the phone being unlocked or the sim being on the same carrier network with the phone. 

SIM cards of few years back are nano sim unless you have a micro sim which will definitely not fit into the new phone. In this type of situation you will have to buy a new sim card and swap the old sim card with the new sim card.

Here, swapping a sim card means to move all data from old sim card to new sim card including the old sim card phone number. You can contact your network service provider for more information on how it can be done.

Can I buy a phone and put my SIM card in it?

The straight answer is yes. You can buy a phone and put my SIM card in it as long as the phone is unlocked or probably the sim card is of same network with the phone. 

As long as the phone sim slot is the same size with the sim card there’s no need to worry when you bought a new phone. 

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Now you have seen the answer to the question of today, if I buy a new phone can I just switch Sim card, you can buy the new phone and switch multiple sim cards as long as the phone is not carrier locked.

If you bought a new carrier locked phone, you have the same carrier network for the new phone else you should forget about switching sim card to the new phone. This is where I draw the line on this topic of if I buy a new phone can I just switch SIM card, and I do hope to have properly answered the question.

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