Swap SIM/numbers. Possible?

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I have a prepaid account MyAccount, an my son have his SonAccount (also prepaid). We want to swap our phones, and life would be easier if both phones used SIM cards of same size, but they don't -- one is a standard size, the other is micro.

So is it possible through the prepaid self-service to swap our SIM while keeping the phone numbers?

In other words, we have now:

- MyAccount - StdSIM - MyNumber
- SonAccount - MicroSIM - HisNumber

And I want to end with:

- MyAccount - MicroSIM - MyNumber
- SonAccount - StdSIM - HisNumber

Notice: I want to keep my long old number MyNumber, but my son's number can be changed if needed.

Possible?

Any other idea?

Forget about it and cut the freaking SIM?

Thanks.
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David, Mobile Master

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Yes, you can do exactly what you want. Get two new SIM cards of appropriate size, and change the SIM records in Self -serve, under 'Change Phone' near the bottom f the page. You each will keep your numbers, and have a new, properly sized SIM for your phone.

Note: it would be very difficult to cut the nano SIM to fit the standard SIM tray.
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I should have mentioned that buying new prepaid cards is not part of my plans, as this will cost me $40, and you don't get the $20 activation fund you're normally entitled. Thanks for helping anyway.

(BTW, cutting a standard SIM card to fit a micro-SIM is no rocket science. I made it a couple times using a scissor. There's always a risk of ruining the SIM, tough, so that's why I asking if a 'soft' solution is possible.)
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A standard SIM to microSIM adapter should work for your phone. Your son's phone cannot accept a standard SIM, so you'll either have to purchase a new microSIM card, or cut the standard SIM down to size. Cutting the card is fairly easy, but you only get one shot at it. Personally, I'd go with a new microSIM card. For the $20 it'll cost to get a new one, you'll save a little time and trouble in the process.

https://www.amazon.ca/Micro-SIM-Card-...

If undaunted, make certain you have a sharp blade and don't cut too close to the brass-coloured contacts. If the SIM card is too thick, which it probably will be, 1000 or 1200 grit sandpaper used carefully on the non-contact surface side of the SIM card, can reduce the thickness safely. Avoid touching the brass coloured contacts and use a latex glove if possible. Printable microSIM templates are available online if you want an exact fit.
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I should have mentioned that buying new prepaid cards is not part of my plans, because you don't get the $20 activation fund you're normally entitled if you activate it to an existing account.

(Yes, cutting a standard SIM card to fit a micro-SIM is no rocket science. I made it a couple times using a scissor. There's always a risk of ruining the SIM, though, so that's why I asking if a 'soft' solution is possible.)

One solution I was thinking is to log in my son's account and initiate a transfer of my phone number to his account (tied to micro-SIM). Not sure what would happen to my old account though (tied to the std SIM), which will become a "no number" account. If Koodo still keeps my MyAccount/StdSIM valid, then it would be just a matter of logging into it, choosing a new phone number, and then swapping account login/passwords.

Also notice that I have credits in both accounts, so creating other accounts is out of question, as credits are non transferable.

Thanks for all your help anyway.
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Ok folks, let's not stress over this too much. I just cut my std SIM card, and it is working perfectly.

(Use an old micro->std adapter for my son's phone.)

Thanks.
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No stress here. Glad it worked!