Sim Card Cutting?

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I was wondering if I could get my Sim card cut into a micro Sim card at a koodo store. Does anyone know if they do this? I'm using a Galaxy Ace and my brother has given me his unlocked S3.
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You dont have to go to a koodo store, you can just cut it yourself with a pair on scissors. Be careful and make sure you don't cut into the actual chip.
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I watched a video on it but I'm to afraid to do it. I don't mind if they charge me for it.
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It's not very tricky, I've done it a few times already. Just make sure you use sharp scissors and only cut into the plastic. Alternatively, you can go to a Koodo shop and just buy a new micro sim, I'm not sure if they'll actually cut a regular sim for you...
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If you dont mind if they charge you why dont you just purchase a micro-sim for like $10.
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If I purchase a new micro-sim It won't have my contacts or phone information would it ?
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Your number and account will be transferred to new sim card.

You will have to transfer your phone numbers from your sim over to your phone prior to switching sim cards. There should be no other external info that would be stored on the card
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Well you're using a galaxy ace right? I'm not familiar with android devices tbh, but I'd imagine their a numerous ways to backup your settings and contacts, either via kies (sp?) or remotely from the device. Then you can just pop the new sim in and do a restore. Perhaps one of the many (and many, and many) android users on here can advise what the best backup / restore method is?

PS a sim card doesn't store device settings, its just contacts. Although most devices handle this internally these days.
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You can have them transfer the items from one sim to another many shops; I know they did this at the Koodo in Marlborough Calgary.
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Doesn't your Sim-card hold your carrier information like phone number and service?
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It doesn't 'hold' that, but you carrier information is tied to that specific sim. When you buy a new simcard at the koodo store they will transfer your account from the old sim to the new sim. Or you can ask them not to, and do it yourself when you get home on the self serve site.
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Yes. That gets transferred when your new sim card is activated
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Thank you for the help! :)
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Cutting sim cards is not a good idea. Width of sim cards is different as well and it will void the warranty on the phone. Koodo stores may have a sim card reader to help with transferring data if that is a concern.
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I've been tempted to cut them before but always worried of the effect! The transfers at the store, works well tho
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It might now be a good idea, if the alternative is to simply buy a micro sim, but I don't buy that it voids the warranty. I'd love to see some documentation from a manufacturer that specifically mentions that....

By that logic, if you use an SDXC memory card in a phone thats designed for SDHC, your warrenty would be void as well. Cutting a sim to a micro sim will not damage your phone, it either works or it doesn't, it's not destructive.
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Cutting a SIM cartd will not void any warranty on the phone, and I have no idea where you heard that.

However, your warranty will not cover any physical damage to the SIM slot, and it doesn't matter if the "proper" SIM was used, or one cut down to size.
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If you search online you can find a template which you can tape your current sim card to and then just cut along the lines. It's tricky and you should use a good pair of sharp scissors. In always recommend you have an extra sim card handy in case you mess up.TBH you'd be better off to just buy the proper size. IMHO
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I own both a micro-SIM and nano-SIM cutters (both from eBay @ ~$5 each). The nano cutter is for my upcoming trip to Bosnia (no iPhone 5 there officially and my preferred carrier does not offer nano-SIMs). The micro cutter was from a few years back when no carrier there offered micro-SIMs). I mostly use the cutters to accommodate people who buy phones from me on Kijiji.

And also, even if you cut a portion of the chip itself, the card will still likely work.

And if you're not comfortable with doing this yourself, then just get a new SIM at Koodo or a reseller. $10 for postpaid customers. SIM cards do fail eventually so having spares doesn't hurt, especially when you can always do the change yourself via Self Serve (on the site, not the app).
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I actually had a koodo micro sim issue a few weeks back. For some reason it refused to write select contacts from my phone to the sim card. Most would go, but a few flat out wouldn't write. bad sectors. Called Koodo and explained, asked them to ship me a new one. They don't ship sim cards, but I was credited $11.XX on my account ($10 +tax) and went to a kiosk and picked up a new one. Satisfied with how this was handled.

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