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Economical mobile phone with standard SIM-Card

I have to replace my old cell phone (which no longer receives Salt signals, 2G/3G) with a new one in which I can insert my current SIM-card Standard Format (mini-SIM).

Since this is a prepaid card (Coop-Prepaid) with conditions no longer offered, I would like to avoid the current plans, so I would prefer not to go to the supplier to ask for a change to a newer one.

I have searched on the various Fust, Interdiscout and M-elecronics sites (to buy it directly in the shop), but all the offers had micro-SIM or nano-SIM cards, even affordable phones.

Mine is a useless research and I can only turn to the second-hand market ?
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Old 19.06.2020, 14:03
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Re: Economical mobile phone with standard SIM-Card

Hello. The metallic part of the SIM is what matters, the plastic part is just useless plastic. You may ask in a phone repair shop to cut your current SIM to the size of the new phone. They use a tool that looks like a cookie cutter. Did it for mine, 10 CHF or so.
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Re: Economical mobile phone with standard SIM-Card

There are lots of templates online on how to cut your sim. You print them on an A4 paper put your sim on the paper and cut according to the lines.

I have cut about 15 sims for my friends and family and all of them work fine.

https://www.iclarified.com/24489/pri...guide-download

It is really a very easy thing to do. Do not be afraid!

Also if your sim is very old (no 4G) , you might be entitled to get a new sim for free that supports 4g. Check with your provider!
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Re: Economical mobile phone with standard SIM-Card

Thank you so much for your answers,
the sim is very old (mini-SIM), even the metal part should be partially cut.

The identification numbers are on the plastic part and since Coop Mobile is no longer associated with Salt but with Swisscom, I'm not sure that they are very cooperative if I don't switch to a new formula (the one I have without fixed costs allows me to make practically unlimited calls on Salt numbers).

If it were possible to use a new phone as an alternative, I would be very happy to avoid cutting the card.
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Re: Economical mobile phone with standard SIM-Card

GSM arena with filter:
post 2018, normal SIM card


says 20 phones, of which none is true smart phone, click the link to see them




so accept the reality
1. find and buy an old, used phone
2. cut (and brush, because the new type is thinner, I did it long time ago because of necessity) your SIM card
3. get a new card (I got a new card without changing the contract)
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Re: Economical mobile phone with standard SIM-Card

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Thank you so much for your answers,
the sim is very old (mini-SIM), even the metal part should be partially cut.

The identification numbers are on the plastic part and since Coop Mobile is no longer associated with Salt but with Swisscom, I'm not sure that they are very cooperative if I don't switch to a new formula (the one I have without fixed costs allows me to make practically unlimited calls on Salt numbers).

If it were possible to use a new phone as an alternative, I would be very happy to avoid cutting the card.
Ask them for a new sim.... they can only say no, they can't make you sign up to a new offer.

I don't know how much you spend on pre-pay a month, but you can get unlimited everything in Switzerland, today, with a Yallo Swiss Flat contract, for 23- a month. https://www.yallo.ch/en/mobile-products

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Ask them for a new sim.... they can only say no, they can't make you sign up to a new offer.
This. People change phones all the time. I'm with Coop mobile prepaid. I got a new phone, so I called and asked for a new SIM. They mailed it the next day. I don't recall being charged for it either. No change to my "plan" which isn't really a plan anyway. I just buy minutes when I need them.
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Re: Economical mobile phone with standard SIM-Card

Thank you for all your answers,
I went to the Salt shop and they offered to cut the card themselves, informing me that in case of damage in the operation they would give me another one, but I would lose the data on the card.
I accepted and received a "chip card" and kept the plastic part to get the reference number.
No change of the plan, indeed.
Just that in order to complete the registration you have to connect to a network and luckily I was able to use the store's WLAN.
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