I’m 70 years old and I know very little about cell phones. But I’m getting better. This community (especially rikkster, Sophia and Dennis) has been extremely helpful in giving me the information I needed to pick the phone that would work for my needs. It is a Motorola Moto One Action. My instructions say to insert the SIM and memory card. I know very little about SIM and memory cards. If I’m using the wrong terminology when I describe something, please correct me. From what I read the SIM card has something to do with linking up your phone with your provider. The memory card memorizes something I guess. I don’t know what though. My old phone has a micro SIM card, but my new phone requires a nano SIM card. I have seen a couple of tutorial videos showing how to trim down a micro card using a template and sharp scissors. Then sanding the thickness down slightly. My questions are: 1. Does anyone recommend this to be a good way to go or should I just buy a new nano SIM card? If you recommend a new one. 2. Can I buy a new nano card anywhere? 3. Are they all the same no matter where I buy one or are some makes or brands better than others? 4. If a nano SIM card links my phone to Koodo or any other provider, how does the SIM card know what to tell my phone? 5. In a different place the instructions say to insert the nano SIM card and optional micro SD card. What is an optional micro SD card (is it the memory card they spoke of earlier)? 6. if it’s optional, why might I want or need one? 7. Do they come in different sizes or memory capabilities? 8. After I get and put in the right card(s) and fully charge it, do I just turn it on and everything will work? 9. If I want to continue with the prepaid Koodo plan I was on, do I have to do anything or do nothing and my monthly payment will just continue as it had been. Sorry about all the questions, but I guess manufacturers think everyone knows all this stuff, so they don’t tell you much of anything in the instructions. It also doesn’t help that my last phone had all this stuff done for me, before it was given to me as a gift. So this is all new to me. Many thanks to anyone that can answer my 9 questions and add anything else they think would be helpful. I would really appreciate the help. And lastly when you explain things, can you please do it using simple terms that a 70 year old, technically impaired person like me could grasp? Thank you ever so much.
Best answer by Allan M
1. I personally wouldnt recommend it but no harm should be done to the phone because of cutting your sim down. Worst you can do is destroy the sim card.
2. You can buy koodo sim cards primarily right now at koodo stores, at bestbuy.
3. You will need to buy a Prepaid Koodo sim card. Koodo sells both a postpaid and prepaid sim card.
4. You will need to either login to your online account for koodo or contact koodo to get them to swap the new sim card that you buy onto your account. (The sim card will have a long number on the back which identifies the card, that will be the number that you tell to koodo to have it registered onto your account/with your phone number
5. SD is the memory card that was mentioned earlier
6. The phone you bought comes with 128GB of storage which should be plenty for your needs. A sd/memory card would be good for adding additional storage on your phone and can be used as a backup. (You can store your data (pictures for example) on the sd/memory card and then if you drop your phone for example and break it you can take out the sd/memory card and all of your pictures would be on that. Then you could put it into another phone or computer and get your pictures)
7. Yes, the ones used for your phone would be a Micro SD card. (Not to be confused with the nano Sim card you need). They come in varying storage sizes, nowadays anywhere from 16GB-512GB
8. After doing the sim swap that I mentioned earlier, then yes, you can just turn on your phone and be ready to go
9. Again, do the sim swap and then yes, continue paying your bill.
Let me know if something doesnt quite make sense for you!