Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > TV/internet/telephone  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 14.02.2011, 21:35
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Zurich
Posts: 31
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 37 Times in 15 Posts
Quafadas has no particular reputation at present
Different size sim card. Plan scuppered?

Hello all,

I'm expecting my first visitors to Zurich shortly, and looking at getting the properly equipped for not getting lost, being able to keep in touch, etc. My company kindly gave me a blackberry (and don't seem to ask too many questions about the bill) so the plan is to donate my (old and fairly knackered) iphone to whomever is temporarily visiting.

So I cruised into a Swisscom outlet asking about pre-paid sims, (success) and walked about 10 minutes later feeling quite pleased, tarriffs looked reasonable, iphone is unlocked and I was feeling quite smug... until...

I got home and eagerly ripped open the packaging ready only to find, to my horror, that the sim cards are a totally different size! Nightmare. Is this a Swiss thing? Has anyone come across this before or know of anyone that sells the slightly differently shaped tiny piece of plastic that holds the sim in place?

Kind Regards,
Simon
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 14.02.2011, 21:55
KB88111
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Different size sim card. Plan scuppered?

Quote:
View Post
Hello all,

I'm expecting my first visitors to Zurich shortly, and looking at getting the properly equipped for not getting lost, being able to keep in touch, etc. My company kindly gave me a blackberry (and don't seem to ask too many questions about the bill) so the plan is to donate my (old and fairly knackered) iphone to whomever is temporarily visiting.

So I cruised into a Swisscom outlet asking about pre-paid sims, (success) and walked about 10 minutes later feeling quite pleased, tarriffs looked reasonable, iphone is unlocked and I was feeling quite smug... until...

I got home and eagerly ripped open the packaging ready only to find, to my horror, that the sim cards are a totally different size! Nightmare. Is this a Swiss thing? Has anyone come across this before or know of anyone that sells the slightly differently shaped tiny piece of plastic that holds the sim in place?

Kind Regards,
Simon
you can get a chopper thingy to trim a sim. Google will help.....
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 14.02.2011, 22:07
Ittigen
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Different size sim card. Plan scuppered?

The new generation SIMs are smaller. Take it all back to Swisscom, they must have a solution for you.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 14.02.2011, 22:21
Mud's Avatar
Mud Mud is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Romandie
Posts: 2,551
Groaned at 26 Times in 23 Posts
Thanked 5,004 Times in 1,827 Posts
Mud has a reputation beyond reputeMud has a reputation beyond reputeMud has a reputation beyond reputeMud has a reputation beyond reputeMud has a reputation beyond reputeMud has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Different size sim card. Plan scuppered?

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 14.02.2011, 23:28
miniMia's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: romandie
Posts: 9,971
Groaned at 101 Times in 92 Posts
Thanked 9,106 Times in 4,522 Posts
miniMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Different size sim card. Plan scuppered?

Cut it with a pair of scissors. This is all over the world so not a "Swiss thing".
http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/ipho...-sim-49306016/
http://www.touchuserguide.com/2010/0...pad-micro-sim/
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 14.02.2011, 23:36
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Zurich
Posts: 31
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 37 Times in 15 Posts
Quafadas has no particular reputation at present
Re: Different size sim card. Plan scuppered?

Lol - it's the other way around... they gave me a posh new (small) sim and I have an old phone (which wants old school big sim)!

None the less, the video did give me an idea. I've employed a stanley knife to shape an apporpriate piece of plastic and the right size of stickey thing (cut from the surprisingly adherent luggage labels they put on the bags at the airport). This jury rigged (and unconventionally flexible) simcard is just the job - Swisscom is conquered!


Thanks for the responses.
Simon
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Quafadas for this useful post:
  #7  
Old 14.02.2011, 23:45
Kash_Z's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Zurich
Posts: 456
Groaned at 3 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 597 Times in 196 Posts
Kash_Z has a reputation beyond reputeKash_Z has a reputation beyond reputeKash_Z has a reputation beyond reputeKash_Z has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Different size sim card. Plan scuppered?

By totally different size do you mean its too big or too small?

If its too small, then you can get a sim card adapter in which you place the mini-sim which then fits into the sim-slot of older phones. Last time i was at a Swisscom shop the customer adviser said they would provide that free if needed.

Kash.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 15.02.2011, 17:18
dawiz's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Ostschweiz
Posts: 4,112
Groaned at 96 Times in 46 Posts
Thanked 2,050 Times in 1,191 Posts
dawiz has a reputation beyond reputedawiz has a reputation beyond reputedawiz has a reputation beyond reputedawiz has a reputation beyond reputedawiz has a reputation beyond repute
Quote:
View Post
The new generation SIMs are smaller. Take it all back to Swisscom, they must have a solution for you.

Apple is trying to force the "new" (they're not really new) cards on everyone, but so far, they haven't caught on. They only work in apple devices.

Sent from my Desire HD using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 15.02.2011, 17:23
dawiz's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Ostschweiz
Posts: 4,112
Groaned at 96 Times in 46 Posts
Thanked 2,050 Times in 1,191 Posts
dawiz has a reputation beyond reputedawiz has a reputation beyond reputedawiz has a reputation beyond reputedawiz has a reputation beyond reputedawiz has a reputation beyond repute
Quote:
View Post
By totally different size do you mean its too big or too small?

If its too small, then you can get a sim card adapter in which you place the mini-sim which then fits into the sim-slot of older phones. Last time i was at a Swisscom shop the customer adviser said they would provide that free if needed.

Kash.
I strongly advice against using these adapters. I destroyed my first DHD with one of these, and a co-worker ripped out the SIM pins on his Nexus S with one of them. The problem is that the micro SIM tends to get separated from the adapter when pulling it out. That causes the whole construction to get stuck in the SIM slotslot

Sent from my Desire HD using Tapatalk
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 15.02.2011, 18:30
miniMia's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: romandie
Posts: 9,971
Groaned at 101 Times in 92 Posts
Thanked 9,106 Times in 4,522 Posts
miniMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond reputeminiMia has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Different size sim card. Plan scuppered?

Quote:
View Post
Lol - it's the other way around... they gave me a posh new (small) sim and I have an old phone (which wants old school big sim)!

None the less, the video did give me an idea. I've employed a stanley knife to shape an apporpriate piece of plastic and the right size of stickey thing (cut from the surprisingly adherent luggage labels they put on the bags at the airport). This jury rigged (and unconventionally flexible) simcard is just the job - Swisscom is conquered!


Thanks for the responses.
Simon
Oh. That's the first time I heard of "the other way around". Why did they give you a mini sim? strange. I'm glad you found a work around. But maybe you should call and tell them you need the bigger sim.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 20.02.2011, 03:06
Phil_MCR's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Basel
Posts: 14,954
Groaned at 295 Times in 199 Posts
Thanked 19,026 Times in 8,002 Posts
Phil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Different size sim card. Plan scuppered?

i'd advise to measure twice and cut once. i merrily hacked away at a sim card until it was too small and in the end i had to superglue it into an ipad to make it work!
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
She wants the SIM card back... Ittigen General off-topic 2 22.01.2011 16:01
Netherlands prepaid SIM card? Venturello General off-topic 3 10.01.2011 21:58
SIM Card? madame de sousa TV/internet/telephone 3 02.01.2011 11:03
UK Sim Card Lifad TV/internet/telephone 15 06.09.2010 19:42
SIM Card pk01 TV/internet/telephone 20 06.05.2009 16:45


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 15:31.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0