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    could someone please explain SIM card for me

    Sorry, for being a dork, but if someone explain a SIM card to me,How it works, what exactlly it is, any other further info would be great!
    We are looking into renting cell phones, and then my husband comes back to me and ask if I could find out about the SIM Card.. UGH MEN!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    SIM card explained
    April 12, 2005


    What exactly is a SIM card?

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    Judy do you want to use to call back to the US? Probably easiest thing to do is to rent a cell phone in Aruba.

    Dh (used to work in telecom) said that if your phone is "unlocked" it "may" be able to use a SIM which would work in Aruba, which in turn would allow you to make long distance international calls, but no gurarantee. He said that would be another question for your cell provider.
    Different kind of cellphone question

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    The SIM card is a tiny, rectangular card found in all GSM cell phones (think T-Mobile and Cingular) that acts as an ID card for your handset. Usually located behind the battery, a SIM card stores your phone number and is needed to activate a mobile for use. If the card is taken out of the handset, it stops working, and it is no longer associated with your phone number.

    The advantage of a SIM card is multifold. Most importantly, you can switch your phone number from one mobile to another simply by swapping out your SIM card. As long as both phones are for the same carrier, the switch is fast and painless.

    If your handset is unlocked (meaning it's not locked to one carrier only) you can buy prepaid SIM cards when traveling so that your mobile will always have a local number for your destination.

    I use a Sim card in my Blackberry Storm from Verizon before that, I used the Blackberry World Edition. The most important thing to do is that you must insist that Verizon unlock your phone so that you can use any Sim card that you chose. (This is actually a very easy process now with Verizon - it used to be very difficult.) I have a Sim card for each country that I visit - the good thing is that I can still use my phone with all of my contacts already programmed into the phone and pay local rates.

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    Yet another cell phone question

    Can someone tell me what a SIM card is? Last year I rented a cell from Discount Cell which was great. But after reading some posts it seems like some people buy SIM cards and only pay for the minutes and not the phone??? From my understanding, I would bring an old phone that I no longer use and that is not currently activated by Verizon or whatever and then in Aruba they would insert the SIM card and itís instantly activated? Iím probably so far offÖany help much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gretch View Post
    Can someone tell me what a SIM card is? Last year I rented a cell from Discount Cell which was great. But after reading some posts it seems like some people buy SIM cards and only pay for the minutes and not the phone??? From my understanding, I would bring an old phone that I no longer use and that is not currently activated by Verizon or whatever and then in Aruba they would insert the SIM card and itís instantly activated? Iím probably so far offÖany help much appreciated!
    A SIM "Subscriber Identity Module" card is a tiny device which is placed into an UNLOCKED GSM cell phone. Once this device is placed into the cell phone - you are now using whatever network the SIM card belongs to.

    For example - in Aruba, I bring down an old unlocked Motorola Razr and purchase a SIM card at the airport for $20USD. I then have an Aruban phone number for the time I am down there. I can add minutes to that SIM card if I need. Typically - the SIM card expires after 3 months of non-usage. I would have to purchase a new card and number after that.

    The Key to using a SIM card is the phone must be UNLOCKED and GSM. Sprint and T-Mobile phones from the US are GSM but not always unlocked. You can usually get unlock codes from manufacturers or websites.

    Verizon phones are typically CDMA phones and do not accept SIM cards, except for the Blackberry World Edition and I think one other VZW phone. You can usually pick up an unlocked GSM phone on ebay for under $50. If you plan on multiple trips to Aruba it may be worth the investment - if not - stick to renting a phone.

    Hope that helps!
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    Shynda, thank you for helping me!! I have a Verizon phone, LG Voyager. Letís say I canít unlock it and need to buy a cheap $50 phone on ebay. Do I have to activate that phone here in the US with a provider like Verizon or is that what the SIM card does in Aruba? I go every year so itís worth figuring out.

    On the flip side, say I CAN unlock my LG phone and I get a SIM card in Aruba. Would I be using my same cell number or get a new Aruban number? And if that is the case, that would mean my Verizon account would not be charged for the phone calls made?

    Sorry for all of these questions but I really do appreciate your help!!

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    You would definitely NOT want to activate the phone from ebay. The SIM card is all you need. The SIM card contains your Aruban phone number and the Minutes and sometimes your contacts. The SIM is kind of like the brain of the phone. So if you bought a SIM and your phone broke - you could just pop out the SIM put it in a new phone - and your # would automatically move, along with minutes and contacts. The only activation a GSM phone needs is an active SIM being slipped into the slot.

    VZW LG Voager to my knowledge is a CDMA phone and is not GSM compatible.

    If you don't plan on using your phone too much - I am pretty sure CDMA Verizon phones work in Aruba via roaming - although it is at a very high $$$.

    I do a bunch of traveling for pleasure and work - so phone questions I can usually help with.
    Last edited by Shnyda; 07-24-2009 at 06:01 PM. Reason: Forgot to add one thing
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    Quote Originally Posted by gretch View Post
    Shynda, thank you for helping me!! I have a Verizon phone, LG Voyager. Letís say I canít unlock it and need to buy a cheap $50 phone on ebay. Do I have to activate that phone here in the US with a provider like Verizon or is that what the SIM card does in Aruba? I go every year so itís worth figuring out.

    On the flip side, say I CAN unlock my LG phone and I get a SIM card in Aruba. Would I be using my same cell number or get a new Aruban number? And if that is the case, that would mean my Verizon account would not be charged for the phone calls made?

    Sorry for all of these questions but I really do appreciate your help!!

    Most Verizon Phones DO NOT use SIM cards.....

    I have Sprint and they do not use either. Unless you have a BB WORLD PHONE, they will take sims but they must be unlocked.

    If you really want the phone there, you will need a phone that is unlocked and can take a SIM, that is the thing that alot of people dont understand.
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    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-MOTOROLA-V3-...3%3A1|294%3A50

    Here is a link to a cheap phone that will work - you can get an even older model for cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgroi135 View Post
    Most Verizon Phones DO NOT use SIM cards.....

    I have Sprint and they do not use either. Unless you have a BB WORLD PHONE, they will take sims but they must be unlocked.

    If you really want the phone there, you will need a phone that is unlocked and can take a SIM, that is the thing that alot of people dont understand.


    Yeah - we Americans don't deal with SIM cards like the rest of the world does so most of us don't know.

    I don't know about the Sprint BB World - but I have used a brand new loaner Verizon BB World and it came unlocked.
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