BobS555
(junior member)
02/10/12 11:21 PM
Can I move a sim card from a dumb phone to a smart phone?

I just upgraded my phone from an original Motorola droid to a droid bionic. My wife uses a "dumb" Samsung flip phone. I tried to get Verizon to switch her number to the original droid, but they said I would have to have a data plan at $40/month. My question ... Can I just move the sim card from her dumb phone to the droid and then use it as a phone and have data capabilities when she's hooked up to wifi?

LisaG
(Head Honcho)
02/11/12 11:06 AM
Re: Can I move a sim card from a dumb phone to a smart phone?

The original Droid didn't use a SIM card. Only phones with GSM or LTE have SIM card slots. The original Droid is a pure CDMA phone, which is the type of network Verizon uses for voice and 3G. With Verizon non-LTE phones, the only way to change phones is by having a CSR do the device change for you, or see if you can do it online using your Verizon online account manager.

Jacob_Spindel
(Moderator and writer)
02/13/12 06:54 PM
Re: Can I move a sim card from a dumb phone to a smart phone?

Even if you were on a carrier like AT&T (so your dumb phone would have a SIM card), if you moved your SIM to a smartphone, I'm pretty sure they have ways of detecting the move and sticking you with that lovely data plan anyway.

US carriers usually take the position that if you want to use a smartphone, a data plan is mandatory.



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