how to erase a sim card

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  1. carbonmotion macrumors 6502a

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    if i had to erase a sim card mighty quick without a phone, how would i go about doing it? i know magnets won't work...
     
  2. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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  3. eb6 macrumors regular

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    Sounds like an emergency...burn it.:)

    Cellphone Store would maybe do it for you.

    Why the need?
     
  4. carbonmotion thread starter macrumors 6502a

    carbonmotion

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    kind of a emergency, cant really talk about it

    so like is there any way to erase the data without destroying the card physically?
     
  5. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    No real way unless you can insert a sharp blade to damage the chip, but frankly it would probably be visable, and with even minor investigation would show tamper.
     
  6. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000

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    There is no way without a phone. Why dont you want to use a phone for it??
     
  7. skoker macrumors 68000

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    In the words of Mythbuster™ Adam Savage:

    but I hear napalm works just as well.

    Or you could always vomit on it.
     
  8. Mal macrumors 603

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    I'm curious... what reason would you have for such a thing? I mean, the only reason I can think of is if you stole a phone with the SIM card in it and didn't want it to be traced when you stuck it in the phone to erase it.

    Can someone enlighten me as to a legal and reasonable explanation? I'm stuck.

    jW
     
  9. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    eat it, throw it into the sun, or a fire. the first two might prove difficult. How do you know a magnet won't work? A strong enough magnet should destroy it.
     
  10. n-abounds macrumors 6502a

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    You can't just electrocute it? I guess that makes sense if magnets don't work, but then again I'm not an expert on electro-magnetics.
     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Never tried it, but because it is not a magnetic storage medium, I would guess you'd need a frackin huge magnetic field to induce enough current to make a difference. I would be tempted to take a 9V battery, clip test leads on it, and then randomly pass the current though each of the different pairs of contacts on the card. That otta scr#w something up.

    Darn, those address books full of 1-900 numbers are a nuisance, aren't they? ;)
     
  12. Mammoth macrumors 6502a

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    You can't do this fast, but you might be able to get a SIM to USB adapter or one of those SIM backup things..
     
  13. krimson macrumors 65816

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    car battery, jumper cables, rubber gloves, videocamera.
     
  14. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    Sounds like some extremely kinky porno...
     
  15. n-abounds macrumors 6502a

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    Or Guantanamo.
     

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