Selling my iPhone 5 to my girlfriend, does she need a new SIM?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by VitaminH, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. VitaminH macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2011

    With my recent acquisition of a 5s, I'm giving my girlfriend my iPhone 5. She was due for an upgrade from Verizon but didn't want to give up her unlimited data on the 4 so she's going to use my 5. I went through the "switch device" process on her VZW account - when it asked for a SIM number I put in the number of the SIM card that was in the iP5 - which had been "my" SIM up until I activated the 5s. Now she seems to have LTE and data works on the phone, but phone calls and texts (non iMessage) still fail. Was having her use my SIM a mistake and do we need to get that replaced? Thanks for any info!
  2. Afbar1114 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2012
    Yes she will need a nano sim. You might be able to the old one down. But not sure. Best buy sells them for like $30
  3. 3lite macrumors 6502a


    Nov 7, 2011
    I have a Verizon iPhone... never knew I had a sim car in it. Where is it and how do I get it out?
  4. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Use a paper clip in the hole on the right-hand side.
  5. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2008
    Beach Cities, CA
    It's on right side, along the band. You can see the "cutout" as well as little hole to pop out the tray. Usually a thin paper clip works, but the best is an actual SIM removable tool.
  6. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    It should be on the ride side of the phone (with the front facing you). THere should be a small hole where the end of a straightened paper clip would fit. If you slide one in there (or an official SIM eject tool) a tray should pop out with the SIM inside of it.

    It should look something like this.

    If you don't have a SIM eject hole on the right side of you phone, then you have a Verizon iPhone 4, which does not use a SIM.


    Yes, you need to get it replaced. Although theoretically SIMs can be reused, most US carriers tend to treat SIMs as single-use. So your girlfriend needs to get a fresh one from Verizon.
  7. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    You get a new nano SIM for your iPhone 5s. And she needs a new SIM for the iPhone 5 you are giving her. She likely can log onto Verizon, input the new SIM number, and she'll be good to go.

    Short answer: yes, GF needs a new SIM card.
  8. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2008
    yup new sim card everytime theres a phone number change. Sim cards can't change their phone number once they're tied to a specific line.

    any carrier store will give you one for free basically if you ask and be like i got a new toy, can you activate this for me. ive never paid for a sim card before except when ordering prepaid service online.
  9. Poob Bubes macrumors 6502a

    Poob Bubes

    Apr 16, 2007
    I did the exact same thing with my wife and I was able to use my previous SIM card. Check what number it shows at the very top of the Contacts tab. My number still showed up at first even though it said the sim had been activated on her line. A power cycle fixed it.
  10. VitaminH thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 5, 2011
    Thanks for the responses everyone. I too thought we'd need a new SIM for her but I called VZW customer service and she said it was fine so long as I entered the SIM number on MyVerizon when I was adding the phone to my girlfriends account. Activation took about 20 minutes but it finally went through and she's been using the phone with no problems. Perhaps they changed their policy recently? That or I just got lucky! Everything I was reading online said we'd need a new SIM as well.
  11. LagLiquidators macrumors member


    Sep 24, 2013
    Glad it worked out for you. :)

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