WARNING: Micro-SIM adapters can ruin your phone!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by elwood2, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. elwood2 macrumors member

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    I was getting my 3GS prepped to ship after selling it on ebay last night. I updated to 4.0.1 and went to activate it. Well, when i was transitioning from my 3GS to iP4 i was using a micro-SIM adapter in the 3GS.

    Longer story short: like every time i had to pull it out before, it was being stubborn to remove. I tried flexing it one way or another, moving it all around and it would not come out like it was hung up on something. I was getting frustrated so i just gave it a good yank and the end result was this:
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    Now i have to issue a refund to the buyer and hope i don't get a negative!

    Good news is i have a squaretrade warranty which they will either fix it (highly doubt they'll replace the mainboard) or send me a check for $350.
     
  2. ovrlrd macrumors 65816

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    Ouch, that looks nasty. Good thing the iPhone 4 SIM slots are made out of aluminum (actually I think it's that liquid metal stuff but I can't be sure). Not that it would ever happen anyway because you wouldn't need a Micro-SIM adapter.

    I seem to remember some thread where someone suggested making your own Micro-SIM adapter or something, and I thought it was a bad idea because it could get stuck. Then someone just said something like "it can't hurt, it's attached to the SIM tray." Yeah, never do this to your iPhone, it isn't worth it. Just get a regular SIM card or don't bother at all.
     
  3. moka macrumors 6502a

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    what sucks more is that he ripped one of the sim connection pins right out of the iphone... :eek:

    good luck OP!
     
  4. iMacDragon macrumors 65816

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    yes, that's why he was saying squaretrade are unlikely to repair the mainboard and rather just send a cheque.
     
  5. ovrlrd macrumors 65816

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    Oh wow I did not even notice that. I was going to say a simple fix might be a new SIM tray but yeah it is pretty well broken now.
     
  6. craig1410 macrumors 65816

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    The plastic thing in the picture is the micro SIM adapter, not the tray itself.
     
  7. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Look at the metal thing to the right and read prior posts before you contribute.
     
  8. elwood2 thread starter macrumors member

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    Filing a claim now. I can either send my phone in for them to repair or they can overnight me a refurbished phone.

    Probably going to send my phone in for repair since it's worth more because i have the SHSH's backed up.
     
  9. craig1410 macrumors 65816

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    Okay, you've lost me there... Maybe you should read MY post again before making an a$$ of yourself!

    What is your problem anyway? I was simply pointing out that ovrlrd seemed to think the broken plastic part was the SIM tray which it wasn't.

    Thanks for your valuable input but if I want to contribute then I'm pretty sure I don't need your permission... :cool:
     
  10. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Slow down, killer. S/He was responding to a comment about replacing the sim tray.
     
  11. Irish Rose macrumors 65816

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    The problem with a lot of the adapters that I found, is that the opening is actually too big for the microsim, which causes the sim not to sit properly in the tray. I'm using an adaper that was manufactured in Germany, which has a really good fit with my micro sim.
     
  12. tastychicken macrumors member

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    Similar thing happened to me but the only thing that broke was the sim tray.

    With those types of microsim adapters, you HAVE to put tape on the back, that way it doesn't get caught on the iphone (Happened to me and looks like it happened to you as well). It sucks but lessoned learned.
     
  13. billinaz macrumors 6502

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    Im pretty sure it can be repaired.....

    This guy replaced the #3 cable connector for me. Everyone said it could not be done, Hector did it in a day and was very reasonable.

    Take a look:

    http://hectordtruong.blogspot.com/
     
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  15. elwood2 thread starter macrumors member

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    Squaretrade has approved my claim and is supposed to be fixing it.

    I really think this should be a sticky to warn other people of the potential risk of using a microSIM adapter.
     
  16. elwood2 thread starter macrumors member

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    Iresq changed the mainboard and therefor they had to install 4.1 on it. No jailbreak, no unlock! >.<

    Had i known they were going to change the entire mainboard i would've just took the first option from squaretrade and had them overnight be a refurb! :(
     

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