Technology has come a long way, so changes in standards are expected to happen along the way. We used to have gigantic SIM cards, but that has evolved into tiny pieces because the outer covering has been cut off, leaving only the gold-plated chip.
First was the micro SIM standard which was commonly used by Android smartphones a couple of years ago. After that, manufacturers have followed 4th version of the SIM standard — the nano SIM implementation. Today, almost all modern gadgets use nano SIM cards.
Telcos now sell triple cut SIMs which include converters for each size to make it easier for subscribers to switch from one another. However, if you have an old SIM card, chances are you got either the regular or micro card.
If you don’t have the time to go to the store, you can simply try to cut the SIM card yourself. Just get another micro or nano SIM card as a reference and take it from there. I have done this a couple of times and it worked very well without any problems. You just need to make sure that you’re not damaging the chip in any way to prevent having issues.
Now if you don’t to go through all the hassle of manually converting your regular or micro SIM into a nano SIM, there are two options that you can choose from.
- Go to any Gadget Store and make them cut the SIM card for you using their tool (for a fee). This service usually costs from Php20 to Php50 depending on the store.
- Go directly to your telecommunications provider (in this case, Smart) and request for a replacement SIM card
How to get SIM card replacement from telcos
SIM card replacement service is available in all Smart stores, so just go to the one nearest you.
Things to bring
- SIM card to be replaced
- One (1) valid ID
It’s important to note that changing the size of your SIM card won’t affect your mobile number, which means that you can keep using your old number without problems.
However, contacts saved on the old SIM card won’t be carried over the new one. This means that if you have important numbers there, you’d need to back them up first and transfer it to the new SIM card after the process.
SIM card replacement fee: none (Php0.00). The service is free of charge for both postpaid and prepaid users.
For those who have Smart Money accounts linked to the SIM card, re-activation of the account is needed after the SIM replacement.
That’s it! If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below and we’ll help you out.