How old is your SIM?

joeblow7777

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Just out of curiosity, how old is your current SIM card and how many different phones has it been used in?

I've had my current nano-SIM since 2013, and used it in my former iPhone 5s and current 6.
 

Prozak0820

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2 years old on march 2nd. Contract ends and I'll probably get another since I can get the EU roaming plan included and I'm 18 so I get double the data. And a new phone. That's what I want most.
 

eyoungren

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Aug 31, 2011
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1.5 years, one phone.

I've been with my current carrier for 1.5 years with the same phone.

Previous carrier was Sprint. SIM in my old iPhone 5 is inactive but is 4.5 years old. Only used in one phone because Sprint ties the SIM of the iPhone 5 to the device (it can't be used in any other device).
 

joeblow7777

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I'm also curious how long a SIM card can last. Assuming the next iPhone uses nano-SIM, I would transfer my card to that one as well if I get it, and I expect to keep that phone for 2-3 years. At that point my SIM could be 7 years old.

Shouldn't experience any physical damage though since the only time it's ever outside my phone is to be transferred to a new one.
 

wproct

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Upgraded my 2 year old 5s with a new 6s from same carrier. I presumed that they would remove the sim card from my 5s and install it in my new 6s, but no, put a new sim card in the new phone and left the old one in the 5s which I kept.
 

Prozak0820

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May 14, 2015
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Upgraded my 2 year old 5s with a new 6s from same carrier. I presumed that they would remove the sim card from my 5s and install it in my new 6s, but no, put a new sim card in the new phone and left the old one in the 5s which I kept.
I never understood that. Over here they just move the old one into the new phone.
 

FreakinEurekan

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Mine's either 3 years & a bit, or 4 years & a bit. Don't recall if I got a new one going from the 5 to 5s, if so then it's 3 years old. I transferred the SIM from the 5s to the 7 Plus.

As far as how long one can last, other than form factor changes - not sure. I suspect this may be my last SIM card, Apple is already using eSIM on the iPad Pro 9.7" cellular models & at some point handsets will go that way too.
 

nburwell

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21 days old. That is because I switched to T-Mobile from AT&T at the beginning of the month.

I do swap my SIM regularly between my 6s and SE though.
 

jr866gooner

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16 or 17 months and has sat in my 5C my galaxy S6 and now my iPhone 5S. Aiming to change carriers again so doubt I'll keep it too much longer than 2 years.
 

SoN1NjA

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They keep giving me a new one every time I get a new phone
So only a few months

I got a new one with my 6, 6s, and 7
 

blcfla

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Oct 17, 2013
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I think I'm using the same one I've had since I got my iPhone 5 lol since I have VZW old school unlimited I've always bought my own phone and just moved it over...
 

BrettApple

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Shoot, since I switched to AT&T a couple years back. It's been in a VZW iPhone 6 Plus that I kept when I switched networks originally, then moved to a BlackBerry Z10 for a while, then to my 6S, then to the SE, then to and now to my iPhone 7 and sometimes it'll be found in my iPhone 3GS when I want to disconnect from things or don't want to risk damaging my 7 while working.

It's a traveling SIM basically.
 

v0lume4

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My current SIM is about a year old, I'd say. I had one go out after 3 years and had to get it replaced.
 
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