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How do I know what size sim card my cell phone uses.




If you’re getting a new smartphone, you’ll need to have a SIM card that fits in your device. You’ll also need to choose the right size of SIM card when ordering service from Voicegator Wireless. Depending on the smartphone you have, there are three sizes of SIM card that could be appropriate for your handset: Standard SIM, Micro SIM or Nano SIM.

In this article, we look at the differences between the three types of SIM card. We’ll find out the size of SIM card required by different handsets and look at how you can order a SIM card of the right size. Finally, we’ll look at changing the size of your existing SIM card (ie switching to a Micro SIM or Nano SIM).

 

Introduction to SIM Card Sizes

SIM cards come in three different sizes: Standard SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM. Depending on the model of your smartphone or tablet, you’ll need to have a SIM card of the right size to fit in your handset.

As of 2014, most new smartphones are either using Micro SIM or Nano SIM. The right type of SIM card will depend on your phone.

Handsets requiring a Micro SIM include the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, Xperia Z2, LG G3, Lumia 530 and Moto G (both 3G and 4G versions). If you’re upgrading to a smartphone which requires a Micro SIM, you might need to change the size of your SIM card. You can order a micro-sized SIM card.

Handsets requiring a Nano SIM include the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, HTC One M8, Xperia Z3, Samsung Galaxy Alpha and Lumia 930. Once again, you might need to change the size of your SIM card when upgrading to a handset which uses Nano SIM. You can normally order a nano SIM from Voicegator Wireless.

SIM Card Sizes: Standard, Micro and Nano SIM
From left to right: Standard SIM, Micro SIM and Nano SIM. Adapted from Wikipedia (CC-licensed).

The dimensions of the three SIM card types compare as follows:

SIM TypeAlternative NameLength (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)
Standard SIM 2FF or “Mini SIM” 25.00 15.00 0.76
Micro SIM 3FF 15.00 12.00 0.76
Nano SIM 4FF 12.30 8.80 0.67

Comparison of SIM card dimensions. Please note: Compared to Standard SIM and Micro SIM, Nano SIMs are 0.09mm thinner. This means it isn’t possible to cut your own Nano SIM.

All three SIM card types work in the same way from a technical perspective: they only differ in the amount of plastic housing that surrounds the metallic chip.

If you’re willing to take the risk, it is possible to cut your Standard SIM down into Micro SIM dimensions (e.g. with a SIM cutting tool). However, we’d normally recommend ordering a Micro SIM directly from your network. It’s easier and safer and you won’t risk invalidating your phone’s warranty from using a badly-cut SIM card.

You can’t cut a Nano SIM due to the differences in thickness between it and larger types of SIM card.



List of Handsets & Required SIM Card Size

 

 

To find out which type of SIM card your phone requires, find it in the following tables:

 

Apple

Apple HandsetSIM Card Type
Apple iPhone 3GS Standard SIM
Apple iPhone 4 Micro SIM
Apple iPhone 4S Micro SIM
Apple iPhone 5 Nano SIM
Apple iPhone 5c Nano SIM
Apple iPhone 5s Nano SIM
Apple iPhone 6 Nano SIM
Apple iPhone 6 Plus Nano SIM
 

BlackBerry

BlackBerry HandsetSIM Card Type
BlackBerry 9720 Standard SIM
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 Standard SIM
BlackBerry Curve 9320 Standard SIM
BlackBerry Curve 9360 Standard SIM
BlackBerry Passport Nano SIM
BlackBerry Q10 Micro SIM
BlackBerry Q5 Micro SIM
BlackBerry Torch 9800 Standard SIM
BlackBerry Z10 Micro SIM
BlackBerry Z3 Micro SIM
BlackBerry Z30 Micro SIM
 

HTC

HTC HandsetSIM Card Type
HTC Desire Standard SIM
HTC Desire 300 Micro SIM
HTC Desire 310 Standard SIM
HTC Desire 500 Micro SIM
HTC Desire 510 Micro SIM
HTC Desire 601 Micro SIM
HTC Desire 610 Nano SIM
HTC Desire 816 Nano SIM
HTC Desire C Standard SIM
HTC Desire HD Standard SIM
HTC Desire X Standard SIM
HTC One Micro SIM
HTC One M8 Nano SIM
HTC One Max Micro SIM
HTC One mini Micro SIM
HTC One mini 2 Nano SIM
HTC One S Micro SIM
HTC One V Standard SIM
HTC One X Micro SIM
HTC One X+ Micro SIM
HTC One XL Micro SIM
HTC Wildfire S Standard SIM
HTC Windows Phone 8S Micro SIM
HTC Windows Phone 8X Micro SIM
 

Huawei

Huawei HandsetSIM Card Type
Huawei Ascend G300 Standard SIM
Huawei Ascend G330 Standard SIM
Huawei Ascend G510 Standard SIM
Huawei Ascend G6 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend Mate Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend P1 Standard SIM
Huawei Ascend P6 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend P7 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend W1 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend W2 Micro SIM
Huawei Ascend Y530 Micro SIM
 

LG

LG HandsetSIM Card Type
LG G Flex Micro SIM
LG G2 Micro SIM
LG G2 mini Micro SIM
LG G3 Micro SIM
LG L70 Standard SIM
LG Nexus 4 Micro SIM
LG Nexus 5 Micro SIM
LG Optimus G Micro SIM
LG Optimus L5 II Standard SIM
 

Motorola

Motorola HandsetSIM Card Type
Motorola Moto E Micro SIM
Motorola Moto G (2013) Micro SIM
Motorola Moto G (2014) Micro SIM
Motorola Moto G 4G Micro SIM
Motorola Moto X (2013) Nano SIM
Motorola Moto X (2014) Nano SIM
Motorola RAZR HD Micro SIM
 

Nokia

Nokia HandsetSIM Card Type
Nokia Lumia 1020 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 1320 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 1520 Nano SIM
Nokia Lumia 520 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 525 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 530 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 610 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 620 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 625 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 630 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 635 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 710 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 720 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 800 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 820 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 920 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 925 Micro SIM
Nokia Lumia 930 Nano SIM
 

Samsung

Samsung HandsetSIM Card Type
Samsung Ativ S Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Ace Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Nano SIM
Samsung Galaxy Fame Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy K zoom Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Music Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Nexus Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Note II Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy S II Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy S III Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy S III mini VE Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy S4 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S5 Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy S5 mini Micro SIM
Samsung Galaxy Y Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Young Standard SIM
Samsung Galaxy Young 2 Micro SIM
Samsung Nexus S Standard SIM
 

Sony

Sony HandsetSIM Card Type
Sony Xperia E Standard SIM
Sony Xperia E1 Standard SIM
Sony Xperia J Standard SIM
Sony Xperia M Micro SIM
Sony Xperia M2 Micro SIM
Sony Xperia miro Standard SIM
Sony Xperia S Micro SIM
Sony Xperia SP Micro SIM
Sony Xperia T Micro SIM
Sony Xperia T3 Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z Ultra Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z1 Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z2 Micro SIM
Sony Xperia Z3 Nano SIM
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Nano SIM

 

If your phone doesn’t appear on this list, please drop us a comment contact us and we’ll do our best to add it as soon as possible.

Alternatively, measure the size of your current SIM card or refer to your handset’s documentation. The dimensions of each SIM card type are provided earlier in this article.





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