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Old 19-08-2013, 19:59
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Hi everyone,
I've tried and failed to find any concussive answer to this online but I'm hoping to change my contract iPhone 4S with a new or second hand iphone 5 or galaxy s4... my present iPhone 4S is on the three network where my 24 month contract is due to run out next April, but I don't want to wait till then.. I'm hoping to simply buy the new phone, swap the sim, set it all up and sell the wiped 4s onward.. It al sounds like a simple idea but in my experience specially where mobile phones are concerned things are never this straight forward..
So do I have to wait till next April or can I go ahead relatively trouble free??

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Old 19-08-2013, 20:22
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You can do what you suggested.
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Old 19-08-2013, 21:01
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So my sim is not locked to my iPhone 4S only then in some weird way, or if I was to sell the 4s it's not linked to my three contract until it expires in April then??
Sounds like simple questions I know but just don't want to end up with 2 bricks for some reason or sell my 4s to someone and it gets blocked..
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Old 19-08-2013, 21:07
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nope.

You can do what you want. So sell the iPhone and buy a new phone.

The ONLY issue you'll run into is sim card size. So the 4s uses a micro sim.

There are three types of sim card sizes in the UK:
Standard (mini), Micro and Nano. The iPhone 5 uses a nano and the majority of other phones use micro or standard.

So if the micro sim doesn't fit in the phone you need to ask Three (via phone or store) to swap your sim card to the right size.

You keep the same number and contract, all that changes is the physical sim card size.
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Old 19-08-2013, 21:37
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Getting a new sim on Three costs 5 OP if you have the wrong size and need a replacement.
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Old 19-08-2013, 21:41
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Getting a new sim on Three costs 5 OP if you have the wrong size and need a replacement.
Really? I've always got it for free? That's a rip off.

Although it's excellent value compared to T-Mobile's 10 sim swap charge!
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Old 19-08-2013, 21:47
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Really? I've always got it for free? That's a rip off.

Although it's excellent value compared to T-Mobile's 10 sim swap charge!
Yup, 5 for most, although staff have the flexibility to not charge, especially if you've been a customer for a very long time.
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Old 19-08-2013, 21:57
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Is it something they can do if I just pop into a 3 shop or do I have to order online?
I have heard you can trim the micro down to a nano but that all sounds a bit risky to me!
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Old 19-08-2013, 22:03
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Yup, 5 for most, although staff have the flexibility to not charge, especially if you've been a customer for a very long time.
That's good. I've gone through about ~10 sim swaps on multiple accounts in the past year (inc family). That'd be almost 50 i'd have paid!

Is it something they can do if I just pop into a 3 shop or do I have to order online?
I have heard you can trim the micro down to a nano but that all sounds a bit risky to me!
Can do it in store or over the phone. Just ask and it'll be done.
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Old 19-08-2013, 22:18
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You can just trim the SIM card down yourself. I've done it myself plenty of times. You can print a template off from the internet. It's never not worked for me.
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