iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 6s to iPhone 11Pro - SIM Card outdated?

Iphone5preorder

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Sep 20, 2012
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Hi,

I searched the internet and these forums for this question and somehow didn't find what I was looking for.

I am upgrading from 6s to 11 Pro and have a SIM card that may be older than 2015. When I purchased the iPhone 11 Pro, I selected the 'Activate later' option. My understanding is I just pop my current SIM into the new phone.

(TLDR)
Does anyone know if I would benefit from upgrading a SIM card that is around 5 years old? o_O

(AT&T subscriber)

Thank you
 

Iphone5preorder

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Sep 20, 2012
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They come with SIM's in them, why not just activate the new one?
Below are the options when ordering via Apple.com, selecting a carrier, and paying for the phone in full. I selected option 2, so my phone will not be shipped with a SIM card - at least that's how I read it.

Option 1)
Prepare for Carrier Activation Now. Enter your account details, and we’ll contact your carrier. This may take a few minutes.
Once you receive your new iPhone,
it will be ready to use.

Option 2) Activate with your Carrier Later. Complete your purchase faster by skipping carrier activation now.
When you receive your new iPhone, you’ll need to insert an active SIM card or contact your carrier.*
 

iBLAKEE

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Jan 16, 2008
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Below are the options when ordering via Apple.com, selecting a carrier, and paying for the phone in full. I selected option 2, so my phone will not be shipped with a SIM card - at least that's how I read it.

Option 1)
Prepare for Carrier Activation Now. Enter your account details, and we’ll contact your carrier. This may take a few minutes.
Once you receive your new iPhone,
it will be ready to use.

Option 2) Activate with your Carrier Later. Complete your purchase faster by skipping carrier activation now.
When you receive your new iPhone, you’ll need to insert an active SIM card or contact your carrier.*
I'm used to buying from Verizon/AT&T for work so they all come with SIM's in them. They're free, so I'd just pick a new one up and have it on hand for launch day. Then you can login to AT&T's website and input the new ICCID and you'll be good to go.
 

Iphone5preorder

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Sep 20, 2012
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I'm used to buying from Verizon/AT&T for work so they all come with SIM's in them. They're free, so I'd just pick a new one up and have it on hand for launch day. Then you can login to AT&T's website and input the new ICCID and you'll be good to go.
Thanks. Hopefully you're right and there is a new SIM with my phone :)
 

timeconsumer

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Aug 1, 2008
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Hi,

I searched the internet and these forums for this question and somehow didn't find what I was looking for.

I am upgrading from 6s to 11 Pro and have a SIM card that may be older than 2015. When I purchased the iPhone 11 Pro, I selected the 'Activate later' option. My understanding is I just pop my current SIM into the new phone.

(TLDR)
Does anyone know if I would benefit from upgrading a SIM card that is around 5 years old? o_O

(AT&T subscriber)

Thank you
It wouldn’t hurt to get a new SIM card. But you also have the option of using an eSIM if that’s something you’re interested in.

Interesting. When you buy a unlocked Samsung Note 10, the sim tray is empty....
The “Unlocked and SIM-Free” version shouldn’t have a SIM preinstalled. Only the carrier versions would.
 

Rigby

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Aug 5, 2008
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SIM cards are only identifiers. There's no such thing as a high or low performance SIM. They all do the same thing
This is not entirely true. Modern SIMs contain information about network services available to the user and can even load Java Card applications for carrier-specific services. Sometimes a new SIM is required to take advantage of new services being introduced (e.g. some carriers required new SIMs when VoLTE was introduced a few years ago). That said, unless you have a really old SIM, it probably doesn't need to be replaced today.
 

dyzfnctional

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Aug 6, 2008
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i was told by AT&T that getting a new sim card is a good idea. it will have new features such as wifi calling, LTE, etc...